The entrance to the Department of History’s office in Sidney Smith Hall
 

The range and diversity of courses offered by the Department of History are designed to meet the needs and interests of Majors, non-Majors, and of full-time and part-time students. Students who do not intend to concentrate in history will find that history courses complement in almost any of the fields and disciplines which comprise the Faculty of Arts and Science. History courses are considered Non-Specialist Electives for students registered in the Faculty of Arts and Science and who are concentrating in an area other than the Humanities.

Students who elect to concentrate their studies in history will select from three offered by the department: Specialist, Major or Minor.

Students are responsible for fulfilling the program requirements of the Specialist or Major program from the Calendar of the year in which they enrolled in the program: FAS Archived Calendars. NB: ‘Course’ means 1 full credit (Y) or 2 half credits (H). See also Divisions and Pre-modern Courses.

 

New requirements for the Specialist program took effect for students who enrolled in the program beginning in 2017.

Enrolment Requirements:
This is a limited enrolment program that can only accommodate a limited number of students.  Eligibility will be based on a student’s marks in the required courses.  The precise mark thresholds outlined below are an estimate of what will be required in the coming program admission cycle.   Achieving those marks does not necessarily guarantee admission to the program in any given year.

Required courses: 2.0 HIS full-course equivalent, one of which must be at the 100-level, with a final mark of at least 73% in each.

Completion Requirements:
The Specialist program gives students in-depth training in historical research, analysis and writing for graduate study or professional use. To achieve these objectives, students choose one of two options when entering their third year.

(10 full courses or their equivalent) Consult the department for details of equivalent courses.

First year: 1.0 HIS full-course equivalent at the 100-level; in addition, students may take 1.0 HIS full-course equivalent at the 200-level
Higher Years: Additional HIS courses to a total of 10 full-course equivalents overall, meeting the following requirements:

  1. 1.0 full-course equivalent at the 200-level or above from each of the following Divisions*:
    I. Asia/Africa/Middle East
    II. Canada/United States/Latin America/Caribbean
    III. Europe
  2. 1.0 full-course equivalent in Pre-modern (before 1800) history*.
  3. At least 5 full-course equivalents at the 300-level or above, including 1.5 full-course equivalents at the 400-level to be fulfilled in the following ways:
    I) HIS 476Y (full year senior thesis) and a 400-level H seminar course; or
    II) HIS 475H (half year senior thesis) and two 400-level H seminar courses; or
    III) 0.5 full-course equivalent senior Methodology course* and 1.0 full-course equivalent 400-level course(s)

Note that the Thesis Option has limited enrolment due to limited capacity in Thesis Courses HIS475H1 and HIS476Y1. Interested students should contact the department for more information regarding Thesis supervision.

*Courses that satisfy the Methodology, Pre-modern and Divisional requirements are listed on the History website.

New requirements for the Major program took effect for students who enrolled in the program beginning of the 2017-2018 Academic Session.

Enrolment Requirements:
This is a limited enrolment program that can only accommodate a limited number of students. Eligibility will be based on a students mark(s) in the required course(s). The precise mark thresholds outlined below are an estimate of what will be required in the coming program admission cycle. Achieving those mark(s) does not necessarily guarantee admission to the program in any given year.

Required courses: 1.0 HIS full-course equivalent at the 100-level, with a final mark of at least 60%.

Completion Requirements:
(7 full courses or their equivalent)

First Year: 1.0 HIS full-course equivalent at the 100-level; in addition, students may take 1.0 HIS full-course equivalent at the 200-level.
Higher Years: Additional HIS courses to a total of seven, meeting the following requirements:

  1. At least 2.0 full-course equivalents at the 300-level or above, including 0.5 full-course equivalent at the 400-level
  2. 1 full-course equivalent at the 200-level or above from each of the following divisions*:
    I. Asia/Africa/Middle East
    II. Canada/United States/Latin America/Caribbean
    III. Europe.
  3. 1 full-course equivalent in pre-modern (pre-1800) history*.

* Courses that satisfy the Pre-modern and Divisional requirements are listed on the History website. Majors may draw up to 1 full-course equivalent from the list of Related Courses offered in other departments to fulfill items 1 through 3 of the Major program.  A 100-level related course may be applied toward the Divisional or Pre-modern requirements but does not take the place of the requirement for a 100-series HIS course.

Completion Requirements:
(4 full courses or their equivalent)

  • First Year: 1.0 HIS full-course equivalent at the 100-level is required. It is recommended that students complete this requirement prior to enrolling in the minor program.
  • Higher Years: Additional HIS courses to a total of 4.0 full-course equivalent*, including at least 1.0 full-course equivalent at the 300- or 400-level.

* Minor may draw up to 1.0 full-course equivalent from the list of Related Courses offered in other departments. A 100-level Related course does not take the place of the requirement for a 100-series HIS course.