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The University of Notre Dame Australia

Fremantle , Fremantle ,Australia

Bachelor of Arts (Major: History)

A rigorous study of history is vital to understanding the people and events that have shaped the modern world, and here at The University of Notre Dame Australia that is exactly what we aim to do. Our Bachelor of Arts with a Major in History offers a broad perspective, which will encourage you to critically approach a range of topics including the West’s interactions with diverse non-Western cultures, to think critically about issues such as gender relations and post-colonialism and to rethink what it means to be Western in the global 21st century.

Why study this degree?

Rather than a study of long-forgotten civilisations, history is vital for our understanding of the modern world. It is only by studying our past and taking note of the various factors that inspired historical events that we can appreciate the economic, cultural and religious forces that have shaped our own society and those of many other nations.

At The University of Notre Dame Australia, we take a broad view of history, ranging from classical Greece and Rome to the Enlightenment, from ancient civlisations in Asia to the rise of American global influence. Our History Major places a strong emphasis on historiography using a range of texts, both visual and written. Special attention is paid to Australia and its Pacific context, the classical world and its impact in both the early modern and modern worlds, medieval Europe and its interaction with non-Europeans, especially Jewish and Islamic peoples.

Upon graduation, you will not only gain a powerful insight into the events and personalities on which the modern world is founded and a deep understanding of the lived experience of past peoples, but also learn important research and analytical skills which you can apply in a range of occupations and professions. By examining the complexities and conflicts of the world today, our graduates further develop as informed and compassionate world citizens.

Campus Information

Sydney Campus

Our Sydney Campus is based across two sites – Broadway and Darlinghurst – both located in the vibrant social hub of the harbour city. The Broadway site is at the heart of Sydney’s uni precinct, a short walk from Central Station and close to Darling Harbour. Darlinghurst is situated to the east of the CBD, nestled in Sydney’s shopping and cafe district.

Intakes

  • Feb
  • July

Application Processing Time in Days: 20

Application Process

More Information Required
10 Days
GTE/Possible Interview call from Institution
10 Days
Provisional/Unconditional Offer
20 Days
Visa Process
30 Days

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

The following careers are open to graduates of this program:

  • Advertising
  • Education
  • Foreign affairs
  • Heritage and conservation
  • Journalism and the media
  • Film
  • Museum and art curation
  • Tourism industries
  • Politics
  • Public history
  • Public service
  • Federal government agencies

PSW Opportunity

Sydney / Melbourne / Brisbane: 

Regular 2 years post study work visa for international students completing Bachelors and Masters degrees (minimum 92 weeks), 3 years for Masters by Research and 4 years for PhD. graduates 

Other Locations (Regional centres and other regional areas):

International students studying at regional universities will be eligible to access an additional
2 years in Australia on a post-study work visa
(Which means a Bachelors or Masters graduate can get up to 4 years of PSW visa) 

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

Academic requirements for this program are outlined below. We also consider your application more broadly – your non-academic achievements (such as any previous leadership roles, volunteering, work, church and/or community involvement) as well as personal qualities - your aspirations and interests and your capacity to complete your chosen program.

Applicants with recent Secondary Education

  • HSC Performance Band Results with a Band 4 in English, a minimum average of Bands 4s and an overall minimum average HSC mark of 70% in HSC Category A Courses (or Interstate equivalent). Applicants must be eligible for an ATAR or OP; or
  • Minimum International Baccalaureate (IB) score of 24.

Applicants with Higher Education Study

  • Other University Studies completed at undergraduate level or higher. A minimum number of 2 successfully completed subjects; or
  • Successful completion of the Notre Dame Tertiary Pathway Program or of another Enabling Program at a level deemed sufficient by the University.

Applicants who have successfully completed subjects at another University, which are relevant to the selected program of study, may be eligible for Advanced Standing.

Applicants with Vocational Education and Training (VET) study

  • Completed AQF Certificate IV or higher in a relevant discipline, from an accredited provider such as TAFE or a Registered Training Organisation (RTO).

Applicants with Work and Life Experience

Applicants with relevant work and life experience who left secondary education more than two years ago and have not undertaken VET or higher education study since then may seek admission on the basis of:

  • Their experience. ‘Experience’ could include a combination of factors sufficient to demonstrate readiness for higher education such as Mature Age entry, relevant professional experience, community involvement or work experience. Applicants may have undertaken non-formal programs that have helped prepare them for tertiary education or are relevant to the proposed higher education field of study. Evidence must be provided as to the type and duration or employment (minimum of two years) in a relevant industry. The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) may be required.
  • STAT – Scores of 150 in the Multiple Choice and Written English sections are required.
  • Higher School Certificate (HSC) (or equivalent) results if these have been completed within the last 5 years.