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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.

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.

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Key information

Study Locations: Hamilton; Online
Faculty:

Career opportunities

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

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.

100 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ARTSC110Old Worlds - New Worlds18A (Hamilton)
This multi-disciplinary paper offers students a rich context in which to develop arts-based reading, writing and research skills. It is structured around stories of cultural encounter and journeys through place and time, and focuses on a variety of printed and electronic texts, moving and still images, and sound. The paper is deliv...
ARTSC111Social Science Theory and Action18B (Hamilton) & 18B (Tauranga)
This paper introduces University of Waikato social scientists as researchers. Each presenter's research will be discussed to demonstrate how it illustrates key themes of the social sciences and their specific disciplines.
HIST105Hyperpower: The United StatesThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
HIST106War and SocietyThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
HIST107New Zealand Histories: Fresh PerspectivesThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
HIST117Global Histories: 1900 - the PresentThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
HIST145History on Film: Europe from Classical Times to the RenaissanceThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
HISTY106War and Society18A (Hamilton)
This paper considers the interaction of war and society and asks how war reflect the societies and cultures that wage them. This notion is tested by examining a number of case studies from across history and around the globe. Students explore the historical contexts of these conflicts, the experiences of those impacted by them, and...
HISTY117Global HistoriesThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
HISTY145History on Film18B (Hamilton)
An analysis of how historical characters, processes and events in European history have been portrayed in film. Examples are taken from the Classical, Medieval and Early Modern periods

200 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
CHIN221East Asia: Tradition and ModernityThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
CHIN222East Asia: Tradition and ModernityThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
FASS296Work PlacementThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
HIST206History in Practice: Historical Methods and ResearchThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
HIST207Writing Historical FictionThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
HIST208Religion, Superstition and Witchcraft in Early Modern EuropeThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
HIST210Clean and Green? Environmental Histories of Aotearoa New ZealandThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
HIST211Studies in Social History: The United States Civil WarThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
HIST230Indigenous Histories: First Peoples, Nations and NarrativesThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
HIST248Silver, Sugar, Slaves: The Atlantic World 1415-1825This paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
HIST280Special Topic: Art, History and Culture: The World of Tudor Stuart EnglandThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
HISTY206History in Practice: Historical Methods and Research18A (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 War18A (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.
HISTY225Indigenous Histories: Narrative, Ethics, and Decoloniality18B (Hamilton)
This paper examines the narrative constructions, ethical and methodological approaches, employed in indigenous histories. It compares and contrasts native histories from different parts of the world.
INTL221East Asia: Tradition and ModernityThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
PHIL215Moral and Political Philosophy: A Historical IntroductionThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
PHILO215Moral and Political Philosophy: A Historical Introduction18B (Hamilton)
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 education.
POLS202Surveillance and Accountability: A History of New Zealand's Security and Intelligence Agencies from 1845 to the PresentThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
POLSC224Terrorism, Violence and the State18A (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
FASS396Work Placement18D (Block)
This paper enables students to undertake work placement in an area related to their major as part of their degree. Students work in a chosen field for a period of time in order to gain valuable work experience and learn from experts in their chosen field.
HIST308Religion, Superstition and Witchcraft in Early Modern EuropeThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
HIST316Birth of the United States18B (Hamilton)
A study of the causes, course and consequences of the American Revolution.
HIST317Imagining a Nation: Australia's PastThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
HIST318Empires of Nature? Science, Conservation and EmpireThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
HIST319Digital Histories: Public and Collective MemoriesThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
HIST330Researching Iwi/Maori History18A (Hamilton)
This paper examines the historiographical, conceptual, ethical and methodological issues surrounding the recording of Maori history.
HIST338An Age of Reason? The European EnlightenmentThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
HIST380Special Topic: Social History of Medicine and Health in the United States18S (Hamilton)
This course looks at the role of medicine and health in shaping US history. We will explore such things as the impact of epidemics, popular attitudes toward health, the unique status of physicians, the evolution of public health, the changing place of women in the health system, controversies over vaccination, debates over how to ...
HIST381Special Topic: From Blue Smoke to Fred Dagg: Popular Culture in New Zealand, 1945-197518A (Hamilton)
With the basis in social history and material culture, this paper explores intersecting topics including music, film and television, fashion, sport and leisure, and technology, to develop an understanding of the lives of New Zealanders during the period from the end of World War II to the mid-1970s.
HIST390Directed Study18A (Hamilton) & 18B (Hamilton)
Admission to this paper is by invitation only and at the discretion of the Programme Convenor.
POLS300Religion and Political Violence18A (Online), 18S (Online) & 18T (Online)
This paper in the history of political ideas examines Christian attitudes to political violence over the past 2000 years. It gives students knowledge and understanding of both Christian pacifism and Christian 'just war' thought. It does this by examining writings of major Christian thinkers, including Augustine, Aquinas, Luther and...

500 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
HIST512Green Histories of the World? Environmental History and Garden HistoryThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
HIST515United States Cultural History18A (Hamilton)
This paper prepares students for historical practice and research, and higher study through an investigation of the cultural history of the United States.
HIST516Historical Theories and MethodsThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
HIST526Oral HistoryThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
HIST590Directed Study18A (Hamilton) & 18B (Hamilton)
Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff.
HIST591Dissertation18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton) & 18Y (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
HIST592Dissertation18C (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
HIST593History Thesis18C (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
HIST594History Thesis18C (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.

800 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
HIST800History MPhil Thesis18C (Hamilton)
No description available.

900 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
HIST900History PhD Thesis18C (Hamilton) & 18D (Hamilton)
No description available.

Chris Roberts Fresh out of Whakatane High School, Chris came to the University of Waikato a couple of weeks after his 17th birthday to study political science and history – "quite simply, the subjects I enjoyed the most", he says.

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History Programme


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.


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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