Why study history?

Investigate the mysteries of the past. Historians are detectives, picking up a loose thread in the social fabric and unraveling it to weave a new narrative through time. History is more than mere facts; it is a dynamic discipline built on analysis, debate and interpretation. When you study history, you develop a cultural vocabulary that examines humanity through events, culture and context.

Our modern multi-media facilities bring history to life through images and sound recordings. Our passionate faculty specialize in areas that reflect the world’s diversity. Whether your heart lies in modern Africa, medieval England or ancient China, you will have the opportunity to study the historical periods and geographical locations that capture your attention. Complement your studies with thematic courses such as film in history, gender, the history of peace and war or environmental history.

After graduation, you will be prepared for any career that demands critical thinking, research and writing skills.

Program Details

A Bachelor of Arts degree takes a minimum of three or four years (90 – 120 credits) of full-time study, depending on your academic background.

Concentrations:

  • Honours in History (60 credits)
  • Specialization in History (60 credits)
  • Major in History (42 credits)
  • Joint Specialization in English and History (30 credits in English, 30 credits in History)
  • Minor in History (24 credits)
  • Minor in Law and Society (24 credits)

There are three options within the Honours program.

  • Essay: you conduct an in-depth study of a historical topic, typically based on primary historical evidence, and write a major research paper along with taking advanced classes
  • Seminar: you take a greater number of advanced research seminars,  exposing you to an even wider range of historical research fields than the essay option
  • Public history: you complete an internship and work on a project that presents history to the public, such as a museum exhibition, or act as a consultant for a film or tv production company

Read more about our History programs.

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