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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: Trimester A (March) and Trimester B (July)
Fees (Domestic): $6,120-$7,130 (approx) per year
Fees (International): $25,160-$32,750 per year
Entry Requirements: Undergraduate International
*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:
Academic Foundations

Field of the Degree
100 Level

Field of the Degree
100 Level



Year 2

Any 200 level
paper listed in footnotes

Any 200 level
paper listed in footnotes

Any 200 level
paper listed in footnotes

One from List B:
Cultural Perspectives

One of
PSYCH211 or SSRES200




Year 3

Any 300 level
HISTY paper

Any 300 level
HISTY paper

Any 300 level
HISTY paper

Any 300 level
HISTY paper or POLSC300

One from List C:
Work-Integrated Learning




  • Major
  • Elective
  • Compulsory

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, and a further 60 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, and a further 45 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 Perspectives20A (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 Histories20B (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
HISTY200Pacific History20A (Hamilton)
This course introduces students to the history of the Pacific from the middle of the sixteenth century through to World War II. The course will examine cross-cultural encounters and the development of the major imperial systems that were established in the region, with a focus on exploring the ways in which different Pacific commun...
HISTY206History in Practice: Historical Methods and Research20B (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.
PHILO215Moral and Political Philosophy: A Historical Introduction20A (Hamilton) & 20B (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 State20B (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
HISTY300Gender in History20A (Hamilton)
Gender in History examines the role of gender in society, culture, and the lives of individuals by introducing students to a range of historical case studies and methodologies.
HISTY301Sugar and Spice: Commodities in Global History20B (Hamilton)
An examination of key commodities that have reshaped diets, economies and societies across the globe since the early modern period.
HISTY330Researching Iwi Māori History20A (Hamilton)
This paper explores the history of Maori and iwi peoples from Pacific origins 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 resear...
HISTY390Directed Study20A (Hamilton), 20B (Hamilton) & 20D (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 Violence20G (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
HISTY500Private Lives in the Archives20B (Hamilton)
This paper examines how and why the personal lives of individuals are recorded and preserved in archives, and engages with practical, ethical, and intellectual questions about historical research.
HISTY516Historical Theories and Methods20A (Hamilton)
This paper prepares students for professional historical practice and higher study through an investigation of relevant historiographical theories and methodologies.
HISTY591Dissertation20D (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
HISTY592Dissertation20X (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
HISTY593History Thesis20X (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
HISTY594History Thesis20X (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 Thesis20X (Hamilton)
No description available.

900 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
HISTY900History PhD Thesis20I (Hamilton) & 20X (Hamilton)
No description available.

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History Programme

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:

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


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