You'll explore connections to previous generations, how they influence today, and if they were really all that different. History isn't just what happened before, but is also an investigation into, and use of, reliable research methods. We'll challenge you to ask questions, use critical enquiry into historical evidence and consider new ways of looking at the past in light of that new evidence.
When you study History, it isn't just for the classroom either. New Zealanders are keen to gain new perspectives on the "hidden history" of the pre-Waitangi Tribunal. People are also fascinated to learn their family's story and the circumstances that surround their ancestor's immigration to New Zealand.
Papers studied within the History programme at Waikato can be grouped into seven themes – health, sustainability, conflict, global, national histories, professional practice and indigenous/encounter. You'll gain a broad perspective of what goes into the correct historical analysis as well as analytical and critical thinking skills that employers value in other fields.
- Documentary Researcher
- Museum or Gallery Curator
- Political Speechwriter
- Tour Guide
Study History in any of these qualifications
|War and Society||HISTY106||15.0 Points|
|New Zealand Histories: Fresh Perspectives||HISTY107||15.0 Points|
|Global Histories||HISTY117||15.0 Points|
|Politics in the Ancient World||POLSC101||15.0 Points|
|Between West and East: World Art Traditions||ARTS201||20.0 Points|
|Work Placement||FASS296||20.0 Points|
|Religion, Magic and Witchcraft in Early Modern Europe||HISTY208||15.0 Points|
|Clean, Green, Healthy and Sustainable? Environmental and Agricultural Histories of Aotearoa New Zealand||HISTY210||15.0 Points|
|Studies in Social History: The United States Civil War||HISTY211||15.0 Points|
|Science in Empire: Health, Conservation, Agriculture and Environment in Historical Context||HISTY218||15.0 Points|
|Indigenous Histories: Narrative, Ethics, and Decoloniality||HISTY225||15.0 Points|
|Maori and Treaty History in Professional Practice||HISTY235||15.0 Points|
|Revolutions: Culture and Society in Europe c.1600-1800||HISTY238||15.0 Points|
|Work Placement||FASS396||20.0 Points|
|Religion, Superstition and Witchcraft in Early Modern Europe||HIST308||20.0 Points|
|Birth of the United States||HIST316||20.0 Points|
|Empires of Nature? Science, Conservation and Empire||HIST318||20.0 Points|
|Researching Iwi/Maori History||HIST330||20.0 Points|
|An Age of Reason? The European Enlightenment||HIST338||20.0 Points|
|Special Topic: US Medical History||HIST380||20.0 Points|
|Special Topic: From Blue Smoke to Fred Dagg: Popular Culture in New Zealand, 1945-1975||HIST381||20.0 Points|
|Directed Study||HIST390||20.0 Points|
|Clean, Green, Healthy and Sustainable? Environmental and Agricultural Histories of Aotearoa New Zealand||HISTY310||15.0 Points|
|Science in Empire: Health, Conservation, Agriculture and Environment in Historical Context||HISTY318||15.0 Points|
|Indigenous Histories: Narrative, Ethics, and Decoloniality||HISTY325||15.0 Points|
|Maori and Treaty History in Professional Practice||HISTY335||15.0 Points|
|Religion and Political Violence||POLS300||20.0 Points|
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.
|Green Histories of the World? Environmental History and Garden History||HIST512||30.0 Points|
|United States Cultural History||HIST515||30.0 Points|
|Historical Theories and Methods||HIST516||30.0 Points|
|Oral History||HIST526||30.0 Points|
|Directed Study||HIST590||30.0 Points|
|History Thesis||HIST593||90.0 Points|
|History Thesis||HIST594||120.0 Points|
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.
|History MPhil Thesis||HIST800||120.0 Points|
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.
|History PhD Thesis||HIST900||120.0 Points|
History is available as a major for the BA and BSocSc. History may also be taken as a second major or as a supporting subject within other undergraduate degrees, subject to academic approval of the Faculty or School of Studies in which the student is enrolled.
To complete a major in History, students must gain 120 points above 100 level in History, including HIST206 and at least 60 points above 200 level. All 300 level History papers normally have as prerequisites three papers in History, including at least one at 200 level.
Please note: For all graduate subject requirements check the information provided in the papers section above.