History (HIST)

Undergrad Requirements

All students completing a B.A. at Saint Mary's need to satisfy the Basic Arts. 

Requirements listed in the University Calendar. These are (in summary form): 

3 (a) English 1205.1(2) Introduction to Literature

3 (b) 6 credit hours’ worth of courses from one or two of the following:

  • Philosophy1200 Critical Thinking
  • a Math course (including MGSC 1205.1(2), 1206.1(2) & CISY 1225.1(2))
  • a language other than English
  • a Natural Science other than Psychology 

3 (c) 9 credit hours from two different Humanities subjects (i.e. at least 3 credit hours in a Humanities subject in addition to History) 

3 (d) 12 credit hours’ worth of courses from the Social Sciences, with no more than 6 credit hours counting from one area. (Anthropology, Economics, Geography, Linguistics, Political Science, Psychology & Sociology)

 **Special Notes**

For a Major, students need to complete at least 66 credit hours’ worth of Arts courses at the 2000 level or above. (Do not take too many 1000 level courses)

For a General Degree (Double Concentration), students need to complete at least 48 credit hours’ worth of Arts courses at the 2000 level or above.

Transfer students must take at least 50% of their required courses at Saint Mary's.

History Undergraduate Programs


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.