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BSocSc - History as a major

The Bachelor of Social Sciences (BSocSc) will challenge your thinking about the world and the people who live in it. The degree focuses on contemporary social issues, the ways in which humans interact with these issues and how such actions can be monitored and modified.

Historians study the past to understand the present. History at Waikato will inspire you to understand current events in light of historical context and give you a first-rate history education from a top 200 QS-rated programme.


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Key information

Years: 3
Points: 360
Start Dates: Semester A (February) and Semester B (July)
Fees (Domestic): $6,120-$7,130 (approx) per year
Fees (International): $24,425-$31,795 per year
Entry Requirements: Undergraduate International
Faculty:
*Tuition fees shown are indicative only and may change. There are additional fees and charges related to enrolment please see the Table of Fees and Charges for more information. You will be sent an enrolment agreement which will confirm your fees.

Career opportunities

  • Archivist
  • Documentary Researcher
  • Historian
  • Journalist
  • Museum or Gallery Curator
  • Political Speechwriter
  • Tour Guide

Degree Planner

Degree planner — BSocSc in History

Year 1

One from List A
(see BSocSc Papers below)

Field of the Degree
100 Level

Field of the Degree
100 Level

Elective

Elective

Year 2

PHILO215 or POLSC224

One from List B
(see BSocSc Papers below)


SSRES200 or PSYCH211

Elective

Elective

Elective

  • Major
  • Elective
  • Compulsory

Papers (15 points unless specified otherwise)

  • PHILO215 Moral and Political Philosophy
  • POLSC224 Terrorism, Violence and the State
This information is provisional and subject to change.

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.

100 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
HISTY107New Zealand Histories: Fresh Perspectives19A (Hamilton)
This introductory paper provides students with an overview of New Zealand's history, from first settlement to the present. The paper showcases exciting new developments in local and international historical scholarship and engages with contemporary issues.
HISTY117Global Histories19B (Hamilton)
This paper introduces students to global history, focusing on social, economic and political encounters between peoples across the Pacific Ocean from the Spanish Galleon trade to Cook's voyages of 'discovery'.

200 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
HISTY206History in Practice: Historical Methods and Research19B (Hamilton)
The paper focuses on the fundamental and accepted practices in academic historical scholarship and surveys a variety of significant historical and theoretical approaches to the discipline.
HISTY211Studies in Social History: The United States Civil War19A (Hamilton)
This paper studies the causes, course and consequences of the United States Civil War, which ended slavery and saved the United States, today's world hyperpower.
PHILO215Moral and Political Philosophy: A Historical Introduction19B (Hamilton)
A study of the moral and political philosophy of thinkers such as Plato, Aristotle, Hume and Mill. This paper uses Plato's Republic to introduce students to central issues in Moral and Political Philosophy, including questions about virtue, happiness, justice, liberty, democracy, tyranny, feminism, art, censorship, and moral educat...
POLSC224Terrorism, Violence and the State19A (Hamilton)
Terrorism is an increasingly prominent global phenomenon. We will clarify it conceptually and situate it historically with theory and case studies in situating it in comparative political and International Relations analysis.

300 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
HISTY316The Birth of the United States19B (Hamilton)
This paper studies the causes, course and consequences of the revolutionary war that led to the founding of the United States, today's world hyperpower.
HISTY330Researching Iwi Māori History19A (Hamilton)
This paper explores the history of Maori and iwi peoples from Pacific orgins to the present. It addresses the turning points, myths, discourses and narratives that have been mobilised to present Maori and iwi historical experiences. Students will examine the popular methods, theories, sources, and questions that have driven researc...
HISTY380Special Topic: Sugar and Spice: Food Commodities in Global History19B (Hamilton)
This paper introduces students to a specific field of historical enquiry while encouraging the development of professional-level skills in research and presentation.
HISTY390Directed Study19A (Hamilton), 19B (Hamilton) & 19Y (Hamilton)
A Directed Study is a taught paper enabling an undergraduate student to undertake a piece of extended historiographical research. Students enrolled in this paper work on a focused piece of research and are individually supervised.
POLSC300Religion and Political Violence19S (Online) & 19T (Online)
This paper examines religious attitudes to political authority and political violence. Students study the writings of major thinkers in the Christian tradition including Augustine, Aquinas, Luther and Calvin.

500 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
HISTY515United States Cultural History19B (Hamilton)
This paper prepares students for historical practice and research, and higher study through an investigation of the cultural history of the United States.
HISTY516Historical Theories and Methods19A (Hamilton)
This paper prepares students for professional historical practice and higher study through an investigation of relevant historiographical theories and methodologies.
HISTY591Dissertation19Y (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
HISTY592Dissertation19C (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
HISTY593History Thesis19C (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
HISTY594History Thesis19C (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.

800 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
HISTY800History MPhil Thesis19C (Hamilton)
No description available.

900 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
HISTY900History PhD Thesis19C (Hamilton) & 19D (Hamilton)
No description available.

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For more information about subject requirements please refer to the catalogue of papers for the most up to date information. If you have any questions and need more advice contact one of our friendly student advisors phone: 0800 800 145 or +64 7 838 4080 or email: wfass@waikato.ac.nz

Please note: For all graduate subject requirements check the information provided in the papers section above.


Contacts

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences:
Phone: 0800 800 145 or +64 7 838 4030
General and Undergraduate Email Enquiries: hist-fass@waikato.ac.nz
Graduate and Postgraduate Email Enquiries: hist-grad@waikato.ac.nz