Undergraduate Programs

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 & Science. History courses are considered Non-Specialist Electives for students registered in the Faculty of Arts & 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: Arts & Science Archived Calendars. NB: ‘Course’ means 1 full credit (Y) or 2 half credits (H). See also Divisions and Pre-modern Courses.

 

Requirements for the History Specialist, Major and Minor programs have changed for the 2020-2021 academic year. Please see the changes below.

Also new for 2020-2021 the Department of History will be offering a new Focus in Law and History (Specialist) and Focus in Law and History (Major). Please see below for information on these two new Foci.

 

New requirements for the Specialist program will take effect for students who enroll in the program for 2020-2021.

Type 2L

The Specialist program gives students in-depth training in historical research, analysis, and writing for future professional use or graduate study.  To tailor the program to your needs, in your third year you have a choice between two pathways:  a higher level course-work option in order to further the development of excellent skills via a wider variety of courses or a thesis option where you will be able to do the same while also concentrating on a specific research topic.

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 FCEs, one of which must be at the 100-level, with a final mark of at least 70% in each course.

FYS courses do not count for entry to the program but can be applied to students' program requirements with the exception of Geographic, Temporal or Methodological requirements.

Completion Requirements:

(10.0 full courses) Consult the department for details of equivalent courses.

First year: 1.0 HIS FCE at the 100-level; in addition, students may take 1.0 HIS FCE at the 200-level

Higher Years: Additional HIS courses to a total of 10.0 FCEs overall, meeting the following requirements:

  1. Geographic Distribution:
    a) 2.0 FCEs Africa/Asia/Middle East with at least 0.50 FCE in each region
    b) 1.0 FCE Canada/United States/Latin America/The Caribbean
    c) 1.0 FCE Europe
    These distribution requirements have to be at the 200-level or above.
  2. Temporal Requirement:
    1.0 FCE Pre-1800 HIS course(s)*
    *Courses which satisfy Geographic and Pre-1800 requirements are listed on the History website.
  3. Levels:
    At least 5.0 FCEs at the 300-level or above, including 1.5 FCEs at the 400-level to be fulfilled in the following ways:
  4. Pathways:
    a) Thesis Option:
    HIS475H1 and HIS476H1 taken in that order, and an additional 0.50 FCE at the 400-level
    Students interested in the Thesis Option should contact the Undergraduate Associate Chair for advice about the pathway, thesis topics and the selection of an appropriate faculty advisor.
    b) Coursework Option:
    0.5 FCE senior Methodology course* and an additional 1.0 FCE at the 400-level
    *Courses which satisfy the Methodological, Geographic, and Temporal requirements are listed on the History website.

Equivalent Courses:  Students may take up to 1.0 history courses taught in other departments from an approved list. These “equivalent” courses may not be used to fulfill the 100-level, Geographic or Temporal requirements.

New requirements for the Major program will take effect for students who enroll in the program for 2020-2021.

Type 2

Enrolment Requirements:

1.0 FCE 100-level HIS course

FYS courses do not count for entry to the program but can be applied to students ' program requirements with the exception of Geographic, Temporal or Methodological requirements.

Completion Requirements: 

(7.0 full courses)

First Year: 1.0 HIS FCE at the 100-level; in addition, students may take 1.0 HIS FCE at the 200-level

Higher Years: Additional HIS courses to a total of 7.0 FCEs, meeting the following requirments: 

  1. Geographic Distribution:
    a) 2.0 FCEs Africa/Asia/Middle East with at least 0.5 FCE in each region
    b) 1.0 FCE Canada/United States/Latin America/The Caribbean
    c) 1.0 FCE Europe
    These distribution requirements must be at the 200-level or above.
  2. Temporal Requirement:
    1.0 FCE Pre-1800 HIS course(s)*
    *Courses which satisfy Geographic and Pre-1800 requirements are listed on the History website.
  3. At least 2.0 FCEs at the 300-level or above, including 0.5 FCE at the 400-level

Equivalent Courses: Students may take up to 1.0 history courses taught in other departments from an approved list. These “equivalent” courses may not be used to fulfill the 100-level, Geographic or Temporal requirements.

New requirements for the Minor program will take effect for students who enroll in the program for 2020-2021.

Type 1

The History minor program provides a useful grounding for students interested in the study of the past and contributes to their development of interdisciplinary perspectives from across the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Completion Requirements:

(4.0 full courses or their equivalent)

First Year: 1.0 HIS FCE 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 FCEs, including at least 1.0 FCE at the 300- or 400-level.

Equivalent Courses: Students may take up to 0.5 history course taught in other departments from an approved list. These “equivalent” courses may not be used to fulfill the 100-level, Geographic or Temporal requirements.

The Focus in Law and History gives students the critical skill-set to interrogate the ‘force of law’, not only in the sense of law as enforced, but also as a vehicle of cultural, social, and economic knowledge. Importantly, it will ask students to interrogate assumptions of what counts as law across time and space. At the core of this Focus to the Specialist are fundamental questions of both law and society: Who has law? What does (or should) it look like? Who decides? What sorts of critical histories can be written from and about legal archives that span time, space, and language tradition?

Enrolment Requirements:

Enrolment in the History Specialist is required.

Completion Requirements:

3.0 FCEs

1. Methodological Training Requirement: HIS268H1: Law and History.

2. Law and History Focus Enrichment: 2.5 FCEs from the following list, including at least 1.0 FCE at the 300 level or higher.

HIS101Y1, HIS230H1, HIS231H1, HIS283Y1, HIS303H1, HIS308H1, HIS357Y1, HIS379H1, HIS390H1, HIS391Y1, HIS397H1, HIS419H1, HIS424H1, HIS438H1, HIS443H1, HIS470H1, HIS493H1, JHN323H1

Some offerings of HIS389H1, HIS466H1 and HIS496H1 may also count towards this focus. Check with the department for current offerings.

Up to 0.5 FCE from non-HIS courses may be substituted for requirement 2, with permission of the department. Substitutions will be reviewed based on a copy of the course syllabus.

The Focus in Law and History gives students the critical skill-set to interrogate the ‘force of law’, not only in the sense of law as enforced, but also as a vehicle of cultural, social, and economic knowledge. Importantly, it will ask students to interrogate assumptions of what counts as law across time and space. At the core of this Focus to the Major are fundamental questions of both law and society: Who has law? What does (or should) it look like? Who decides? What sorts of critical histories can be written from and about legal archives that span time, space, and language tradition?

Enrolment Requirements:

Enrolment in the History Major is required.

Completion Requirements:

3.0 FCEs

1. Methodological Training Requirement: HIS268H1: Law and History.

2. Law and History Focus Enrichment: 2.5 FCEs from the following list, including at least 1.0 FCE at the 300 level or higher.

HIS101Y1, HIS230H1, HIS231H1, HIS283Y1, HIS303H1, HIS308H1, HIS357Y1, HIS379H1, HIS390H1, HIS391Y1, HIS397H1, HIS419H1, HIS424H1, HIS438H1, HIS443H1, HIS470H1, HIS493H1, JHN323H1

Some offerings of HIS389H1, HIS466H1 and HIS496H1 may also count towards this focus. Check with the department for current offerings.

Up to 0.5 FCE from non-HIS courses may be substituted for requirement 2, with permission of the department. Substitutions will be reviewed based on a copy of the course syllabus.