History is the study of how and why the past has meaning in the present
History moves like tectonic plates: both imperceptibly, and with astonishing ruptures. What counts as historical truth in a world of 'fake news' and 'alternative facts'? Studying history provides students with a deep sense of the ways time has shaped today's complex world, and the intellectual tools to tackle an appealing array of professional and career challenges.
Our 2023 Michael King Memorial Lecture was presented by author and investigative journalist Nicky Hager. A video recording of the lecture, “The battle for and against New Zealand’s nuclear free policy – a secret history”, is available to watch on YouTube:
Michael King Memorial Lecture 2023 – YouTube
History graduates enter a wide range of professions, including government service, industry, all levels of teaching, journalism, broadcasting, museum and library work. Our graduates have the ability to collect and analyse data and write clear, coherent and balanced assessments, together with the ability to think independently, flexibly and objectively. As artificial intelligence takes over much mundane work, these unique 'humanities' skills are increasingly sought after by high-quality employers.
We specialise in the histories of New Zealand, the Pacific, Asia, Europe, Britain and Ireland, and North America.