History (2018)

The History programme teaches papers in global, oral, intellectual, religious, cultural, social, war, comparative, environmental, health, indigenous and science histories in local, national and international contexts. We also explore, methodological, intellectual, and historiographical issues at both undergraduate and graduate levels. History teaches advanced skills in high-level critical thinking, research, communication, and the gathering and assessing of complex evidence, skills in great demand from among prospective employers.

History is available as a major for the Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Social Sciences. History may also be taken as a second major or as a minor, subject to academic approval of the Faculty in which the student is enrolled.

To complete History as a single major, students must gain 135 points from papers listed for History, including 105 points above 100 level, HISTY300, and a further 45 points above 200 level

To complete History as part of a double major, students must gain 120 points from papers listed for History, including 90 points above 100 level, HISTY300, and a further 30 points above 200 level.

To complete a minor in History, students must complete 60 points from the papers listed for the History major, including at least 30 points above 100 level.

Note: Students who commenced a major in History in 2016 or prior and are undertaking their third year in 2018 will do so using existing 20 point papers. Students are encouraged to contact the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences for programme advice. All 300 level History papers normally have as prerequisites three papers in History, including at least one at 200 level.


  • 100 level

  • 200 level

    • ARTS201  - Between West and East: World Art Traditions
    • HISTY208  - Religion, Magic and Witchcraft in Early Modern Europe
    • HISTY210 - 18B (HAM)  - Clean, Green, Healthy and Sustainable? Environmental and Agricultural Histories of Aotearoa New Zealand
    • HISTY211 - 18B (HAM)  - Studies in Social History: The United States Civil War
    • HISTY218  - Science in Empire: Health, Conservation, Agriculture and Environment in Historical Context
    • HISTY225  - Indigenous Histories: Narrative, Ethics, and Decoloniality
    • HISTY235  - Maori and Treaty History in Professional Practice
    • HISTY238  - Revolutions: Culture and Society in Europe c.1600-1800
  • 300 level

  • Prescriptions for the GradCert(Hist) and GradDip(Hist)
    A Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are available to graduates who have not included History at an advanced level in their first degree.

    For further details, contact the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Office.

  • Prescriptions for the PGCert(Hist), PGDip(Hist), BA(Hons), BSocSc(Hons), MA and MSocSc
    To be eligible to be considered for enrolment in graduate History papers, a student should normally have at least a B average in either the best three of their 300 level History papers or all their undergraduate History papers.

    To complete a BA(Hons) or BSocSc(Hons) in History, students must gain 120 points from approved 500 level papers, including at least 30 points in research (normally HIST591).

    To be eligible to be considered for enrolment in the MA or MSocSc in History, a student must have completed either:

    a) a BA or BSocSc with a major in History (or equivalent) and have gained at least a B+ average in either the best three of their 300 level History papers or all of their undergraduate History papers, or

    b) a BA(Hons) or BSocSc(Hons) in History (or equivalent) and have gained at least a B+ average across all 500 level papers.

    Completion requirements for the MA or MSocSc in History vary according to admission criteria:

    Students admitted under a) above must complete 180 points from approved 500 level papers, including either a 120 point thesis, or a 90 point thesis or a 60 point dissertation.

    Students admitted under b) above must complete a 120 point thesis, a 90 point thesis and a further 30 points from approved 500 level papers, or a 60 point dissertation and a further 60 points from approved 500 level papers.

  • Prescriptions for the MPhil
    The Master of Philosophy is a one year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.

  • Prescriptions for the PhD
    The Doctor of Philosophy is a three year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.

2018 Catalogue of Papers information as of 25 September 2017 9:22am

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