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History Program

History is the search for an understanding of how our world came to be as it is. Because “everything has a history,” historians study everything imaginable, from politics, economics, and the military to the world of everyday life, and all the social, cultural, intellectual, and religious developments in between. By investigating people, events, and ideas, historians learn not only what happened in the past, but more importantly who we are, how and why the past has grown into the present, and what that means for us today. In this way, the study of history teaches an important set of investigative, analytical, and communication skills that, along with a large knowledge base about past events, equip students to understand their contemporary world in all its diversity.

All students study world and Canadian history, then courses in the practice of history, public history, and applied research in history. Other courses focus on subjects as diverse as the ancient empires, the history of Christianity, Vikings, modern revolutions, Canada at war, the history of genocide, the World Wars, and depictions of history in Hollywood films.

Since History is one of the programs in the Humanities Department, all History students also take a series of humanities courses, which include academic writing, the Christian intellectual tradition, cognate credits in English, philosophy, and religion , and a humanities capstone course.

Profile of the Graduating Student
The graduating student will develop:

  • Understanding: Graduates will be able to articulate their rich understanding of the human story, as expressed in the diverse histories of Western, Indigenous Canadian, and other world cultures.
  • Research: Graduates will be able to apply advanced research skills employed in the study of history to solve problems and advance knowledge.
  • Analysis: Graduates will be able to apply the skill of critical thinking, using the methods, approaches, and theories appropriate to the discipline of history to analyze diverse and complex forms of information.
  • Communication: Graduates will be able to communicate clearly, concisely, and compellingly to impart knowledge and express themselves.
  • Character: Graduates will exemplify maturity of character which represents the best of the Christian intellectual tradition and a liberal arts education, and which expresses itself in wisdom, integrity, service to neighbour and society, and responsibility towards the world in which they live.

Career and Educational Paths
The graduating student will:

  • be prepared for entry-level positions in government departments, museums, historical sites, archives, or other careers that revolve around the knowledge and communication of the past;
  • be prepared to enter a wide range of vocations which require skills in research, analysis, problem solving, writing and oral communication;
  • be prepared to enter after-degree programs in education, law, journalism, or library science and information management;
  • be prepared to enter graduate programs after the four-year degree. Students who intend to enter graduate school or other forms of post-secondary education should pursue the four-year degree, and they should consult the Department Chair early in their studies.

Bachelor of Arts: History Concentration (3 year – 90 credits)

The history concentration provides students with a broad understanding of the human past.

Bachelor of Arts: History Concentration Program Requirements (90 credits)

Christian Formation (9 credits)
REL 105 Introduction to the Bible
REL 161 Introduction to Christian Theology
3 credits in Religion (REL) at the senior level

English (3 credits)
EN 130 Introduction to English Literature

Fine Arts (3 credits)
See Arts and Science Electives in the Academic Calendar for specific courses

History (3 credits)
HI 140 Themes in World History

Philosophy (3 credits)
PH 125 Introduction to Philosophy

Science (3 credits)
See Arts and Science Electives in the Academic Calendar for specific courses

Science or Mathematics (3 credits)
See Arts and Science Electives in the Academic Calendar for specific courses

Social Science (6 credits)
See Arts and Science Electives in the Academic Calendar for specific courses

Humanities Requirements (18 credits)
HUM 101 Reading and Writing for University
HUM 201 Reading and Writing in the Christian Intellectual Tradition
3 credits in English (EN) at the 300-level
3 credits in Philosophy (PH) at the 300-level
3 credits in Religion (REL) at the 300-level
HUM 485 Humanities Capstone

History Requirements (33 credits)
HI 200 Canada since Confederation
HI 280 History in Practice
HI 370 Public History
HI 380 Applied Research in History
21 credits at the senior level in History (HI), with a minimum of 9 credits at the 300-level or higher

Electives
     Arts and Science or Open Electives (6 credits)

General Requirements for Completion and Graduation

  • Completion of a total of 90 credits (as outlined above)
  • A minimum of 45 credits must be taken at the 200-level or higher
  • A maximum of 42 credits taken in any one discipline
  • A Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of at least 2.0, with a CGPA of at least 2.0 in HI courses

Bachelor of Arts: History Major (4 year – 120 credits)

The history major provides students with a broad understanding of the human past, and the opportunity to specialize in one of several specific fields of history. All history majors must also complete either a senior research project or a history practicum.

Bachelor of Arts: History Major Program Requirements (120 credits)

Christian Formation (9 credits)
REL 105 Introduction to the Bible
REL 161 Introduction to Christian Theology
3 credits in Religion (REL) at the senior level

English (3 credits)
EN 130 Introduction to English Literature

Fine Arts (3 credits)
See Arts and Science Electives in the Academic Calendar for specific courses

History (3 credits)
HI 140 Themes in World History

Philosophy (3 credits)
PH 125 Introduction to Philosophy

Science (3 credits)
See Arts and Science Electives in the Academic Calendar for specific courses

Science or Mathematics (3 credits)
See Arts and Science Electives in the Academic Calendar for specific courses

Social Science (6 credits)
See Arts and Science Electives in the Academic Calendar for specific courses

Humanities Requirements (18 credits)
HUM 101 Reading and Writing for University
HUM 201 Reading and Writing in the Christian Intellectual Tradition
3 credits in English (EN) at the 300-level
3 credits in Philosophy (PH) at the 300-level
3 credits in Religion (REL) at the 300-level
HUM 485 Humanities Capstone

History Requirements (42 credits)
HI 200 Canada since Confederation
HI 280 History in Practice
HI 370 Public History
HI 380 Applied Research in History
30 credits at the senior level in History (HI), with a minimum of 12 credits at the 300-level or higher and a minimum of 6 credits at the 400-level

Electives
To meet senior level requirements in the program, 12 credits of electives must be taken at the senior level.
     Arts and Science or Open Electives (27 credits)

General Requirements for Completion and Graduation

  • Completion of a total of 120 credits (as outlined above)
  • A minimum of 72 credits must be taken at the 200-level or higher
  • A maximum of 72 credits taken in any one discipline
  • A Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of at least 2.0, with a CGPA of at least 2.0 in HI courses