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English & History

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Why study English and History?

Take on the narrative of the human story, through analysis and the re-interpretation of historical events. Challenge your assumptions about the human condition by reflecting on the lives represented in literary texts from ancient Anglo-Saxons to contemporary post-colonial voices from around the world.

The Joint Specialization in English and History will help you develop a vocabulary for making thematic connections across time. The course requirements are designed to allow you to examine the same period of history and literature in tandem, or pick complementary periods by topic.

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.


  • Joint Specialization in English and History
    (30 credits in English, 30 credits in History)

See detailed degree requirements in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Minimum cut-off averages and course requirements

Additional requirements for admission

English proficiency
Some applicants may be required to write an English language proficiency test with the following minimum scores:

  • TOEFL iBT (internet-based test) – a minimum score of 100 with 22 in the writing component
  • IELTS – 7.0 overall with a 6.5 in the writing component
  • DET score of 120 and above with no subscore under 90

Minimum cut-off averages should be used as indicators. The cut-off data may change depending on the applicant pool. Applicants who meet the stated minimum requirements are not guaranteed admission to these programs.

We consider complete applications year round and we give priority to applicants who apply by official deadlines. Late applications will be considered if places are still available for the fall term only.

You've sent your application from: Fall term deadline Winter term deadline
 Inside Canada March 1
Certain programs have extended their deadlines. Please check program availability.
November 1
Not all programs are available for this term.
Please check program availability.
Outside Canada (International)  February 1    September 1

We reserve the right to close admission to a program at any time after the official deadline without prior notice.

Sample courses

  • Postcolonial Literature
  • Historical Survey of British Literature
  • Africa in the 20th Century
  • Colonial America and the Atlantic World English
  • Literature of Ethnic America
Consult the undergraduate calendar for a complete list of current English courses, or current history courses. You can also view class schedules at the class schedule and registration web site by selecting the appropriate information.

After graduation, you will be prepared for any career that demands critical thinking, as well as superior research, writing, and rhetorical skills. And of course, this degree allows future teachers to gain expertise in two teachable subjects.

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