Department of History

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 satisfy the requirements of the major program. They must also complete:

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.


Minor in British Studies

A minor British Studies minor consists of at least twenty-four (24) credit hours in English literature and in History, with a minimum of nine (9) credits hours in History and fifteen (15) credit hours in English. Students should consult each department’s regulations regarding prerequisites.

Description: A cross-disciplinary minor in British Studies provides students with an opportunity to specialize in the literature and history of Britain. This dedicated minor brings together courses covering a wide array of literature and history from the Act of Union in 1707 to the present. The minor covers topics such as nationalism, imperialism, law, popular culture, and the black British experience, as well as the genres of poetry, fiction, film, and drama. Students will be introduced to the range of sources relevant to the study of both British history and literature.

Courses listed below can be taken for credit towards the Minor in British Studies.

POLI 4494: UK Politics in Transition

HIST 2336: Revolution, Reform and Respectability: Britain 1688-1870
HIST 2397: The Lingering Death of Imperial Britain, 1870-Present
HIST 3300: Popular Music & Culture in Britain since 1850
HIST 3303: Law and Society in Britain 1500-1800
HIST 3470: The British Black Atlantic
HIST 4200: Women’s Rights in Britain, 1500-1925
HIST 4567: British Colonization 

ENGL 2320: Writing by Women I
ENGL 3410: Early 18th-Century Literature
ENGL 3411: Late 18th-Century Literature
ENGL 3412: Restoration and 18th-Century Literature
ENGL 3415: The Eighteenth-Century Novel
ENGL 3416: The Romantic Movement
ENGL 3451: British Drama since 1956
ENGL 3460: British Literature, 1900-1945
ENGL 3461: British Literature, 1945-2000
ENGL 3462: Post-1945 Black British Writing
ENGL 3463: Contemporary British Writing
ENGL 3481: The Nineteenth Century British Novel I
ENGL 3482: The Nineteenth Century British Novel II
ENGL 3483: Victorian Poetry and Prose I
ENGL 3484: Victorian Poetry and Prose II
ENGL 3791: Literatures of the Black Atlantic
ENGL 4425: Advanced Studies in 18th-Century and Romantic Literature
ENGL 4485: Victorian Literature—Advanced Study
ENGL 4488: The Post-1945 British Novel

Rationale: This minor has been proposed in the spirit of the Academic Plan to encourage interdisciplinary study at the university. It draws on particular strengths on both departments in British studies. Unlike the existing minors in both departments, the proposed minor will expose students to studies in different methods in two disciplinary traditions. There are already a number of students in both departments taking courses in the area of British studies, and this will formally recognise those studies on their transcripts.

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.