• Faculty of Arts And Social Sciences
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Department of History has developed three core areas that provide ample opportunities for students majoring in history to choose a variety of introductory and advanced courses specializing in the history of Malaysia, Southeast Asian History and Global History. Courses offered not only reflect the expertise in teaching and academic research in the department but the main objective of this diversity is to produce graduates holistic graduates ready to face the working environment.


Career Opportunity

  • Educator
  • Curator
  • Record Keeper
  • Policy Maker
  • Consultant
  • Researcher/Research Assistant
  • Writer

Programme Duration 

Minimum period of study:  7 semesters

Maximum period of study: 11 semesters 

Curriculum Structure

During the study period, students are required to fulfill a total of 122 credit hours for graduation. The following is the breakdown of the credit hour requirements:

  • University Courses                   :           20 credit hours
  • Faculty Core Courses               :           8 credit hours
  • Departmental Core Courses       :           55 credit hours
  • Faculty Elective Courses           :             9 credit hours
  • Departmental Elective Courses  :           30 credit hours 

List of Courses 

First Year

History of Malaysia

History of Southeast Asia until the 15th Century

Theory and Historical Methods

Introduction to Early Asian Civilization

Introduction to Early European Civilization

Second Year
(Core Courses)

Economic History of Malaysia, 1500-1957

Malacca Sultanate until the 16th Century

History of British Administration in Malaysia, 1874-1941

Islamic History in Southeast Asia

(Elective Courses–Malaysian History)

Resistance and Protest Movements in Malaysia

Islam and Society in Malaysia

Introduction to History of Arts in the Classical Age of Malaysia and Indonesia

History of Education in Malaysia

Politics, Trade and Diplomacy in the Malay States, 1700-1800

Malay Society and Culture from the 18th to 19th Centuries

History of Sabah and Sarawak, 1841-1895

History of Women in Malaysia

History of Public Health in Malaysia

(Elective Courses–Southeast Asian and Global History)

Political and Trade Systems in Southeast Asia, 1500-1914

Nationalism in Southeast Asia

History of South Asia

History of the Middle East, 1830-1919

Studies in Archaeology

Social History of Indonesia

History of Russia until the Early 20th Century

History of Modern China

Islamic History in South Asia 

Year Three
(Core Courses)

Academic Exercise

Documentation and Sources of Malaysian History

History of Indonesia, 1900-1965

Nationalist Movements in Malaysia

Islam and Politics in Western Asia

(Elective Courses – Malaysian History)

Malay Historiography in Malaysia and Indonesia

Islamic Archaeology in Malaysia

Japanese Occupation of Malaysia, 1941-1945

Development of Sabah and Sarawak in Post-World War II

History of the Malaysian Constitution

Malaysian Politics after 1957

Social Change in Malaysia

Emergency and Communist Movement in Malaysia

Business History in Malaysia, 1870-2000

(Elective Courses–Southeast Asian and World History)

Political History of Thailand, 1932-1992

History of Modern Europe, 1789-1918

Separatist Movements in China during the 19th and 20th Centuries

History of Islamic Civilization

History of Indochina, 1883-1986

Political History of Indonesia since 1966

History of Modern Japan

Interpretations of  Modern American History

History of Intelligence in the 20th Century

History of European Economic Expansion, 1500-1914

Final Year
(Core Course)

Industrial Training

Last Update: 16/03/2022