History (HIST)

History (HIST)

Departmental Policy

To obtain a major in history, students must complete at least forty-two (42) credit hours in history, as follows:

a. six (6) credit hours but no more than twelve (12) credit hours at the 1000 level;
b. HIST 3000 The Discipline of History;
c. the remaining credit hours must be at the 2000 or 3000 level or above; and
d. at least six (6) credit hours at the 4000 level.

Note: A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00 is required for courses designated for a major (see the general regulations concerning Arts Degree requirements).

All prospective honours students should refer to the section of this Calendar pertaining to honours degrees and apply to the Registrar for enrolment in that program after completing eighteen (18) credit hours or more of History courses.

To obtain an honours degree in History, students must: 

a. satisfy the requirement of the Major program;
b. complete twelve (12) credit hours above the 1000 level of which at least nine (9) are at the 4000 level, and
c. complete HIST 4500 The Honours Seminar. 

Please note:  A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 is required to qualify for the Honours program and to graduate with Honours. 

All students majoring in history are strongly advised to take twelve (12) credit hours in a foreign language. In the case of students concentrating in Canadian history, French is specified as the recommended language. 

To minor in History, students are expected to follow the general requirements for a minor as outlined in Faculty of Arts Regulation 8, Section 3 of this Calendar.

To obtain a concentration in History in partial fulfillment of the B.A. General degree (i.e., one with Double Arts Concentrations), a minimum of twenty-four (24)
credit hours in HIST is required with 18 or more credit hours at the 2000 level or above; at least 3 credit hours of which must be taken at the 4000 level; also a minimum grade point average of 2.00. Further details are available from the chairperson. 


Cross-Listed Courses

Certain courses offered by the Departments of Modern Languages and Classics, Anthropology, and Religious Studies may, in special circumstances, be cross-listed and counted in a student’s History concentration. In such cases, the student must obtain the Department’s permission.


Graduate Students

Graduate students should refer to the material entitled “Master of Arts in History Degree,” in the Graduate Academic Calendar.


General Course Description

a.            History courses numbered at the 1000 level are survey courses. They are normally lecture courses; some combine lectures with small tutorial group meetings.

b.            2000 and 3000-level courses are usually structured to include both lectures and seminars.

c.            History courses at the 4000-level courses are normally seminar courses designed for advanced work by history majors and honours.

d.            With regard to renumbered or restructured courses, students are advised that they are not eligible to take a course for credit if they already have a credit for a comparable course, even if that course was taken at a different level.