Program Structure

Minor in History

Students who select history as a Minor field must complete 18 credit hours in history.

Major in History

Students who select history as a Major must take a minimum of 36 credit hours of history courses. To obtain the Major designation students must take 6 credit hours of 1000-level world history courses and HIST 2003 Exploring History. As well, students are required to take at least 3 credit hours from each of the major categories of history courses: 1) world, 2) regions, 3) state, nation, and locality.

Honours in History

In addition to the requirements for a history Major, an Honours degree requires a minimum of 12 more credit hours (for a minimum of 48 credits in total, in history courses). At least 12 credit hours must be from 4000-level seminars. Students seeking an Honours degree must consult the History Honours Director for approval of their program of studies.

Course Numbering

  • 1000-level world history courses serve as an introduction to the discipline of history and its expectations at the university level.
  • 2000-numbered courses indicate an intermediate level of historical investigation taught from several different perspectives; at this level students will be expected to learn basic skills of conducting historical research and constructing written historical arguments. Students may take 2000-level courses in their first year, depending on the prerequisites.
  • 3000-numbered courses indicate a more advanced and more concentrated level of historical investigation. Students may take 3000-level courses in their first year, depending on the prerequisites, though they should also consult the instructor or department chair.
  • 4000-numbered courses designate seminars and are taught at an advanced level of historical investigation, presentation, and criticism.

Note: The department recommends that 1000-level world history courses (HIST 1006 or 1013 and/or 1023) and HIST 2003 be taken in the first two years of the degree, because third- and fourth-year history courses build on the skills and knowledge acquired in these courses. Students can only earn 6 credit hours at the 1000-level in history. For example, if you take HIST 1013 World History to 1400 and/or HIST 1023 World History Since 1400 you cannot also take and receive credit for the full-year HIST 1006 World History course. These courses cover the same material and may even use the same textbook. HIST 1013 and HIST 1023 are simply one-term offerings of the introductory world history course, designed to give students greater flexibility.