The major areas of concentration include Canadian, American, British, European, and Women's History. Courses are also offered which are designed to provide insight into current national or international issues. Additional offerings which have relevance to contemporary Canadian society include the History of Crime and Cities in North America.
1) History majors taking the minimum number of required History courses (twelve in a general program, or twenty in a four-year Honours program), may obtain credit for only two 100-level History courses. Majors taking additional History courses may count only one further 100-level History course towards their degree requirements.
2) Students taking History as an option may take more than two 100-level courses for credit and may select courses through the 300 level. Permission for 400-level courses is necessary unless these are required in an existing program.
The study of history provides skills essential to many careers - in teaching, law, business, museums, journalism, or public service. It develops critical thinking, research, and writing skills, using both old and new technologies, in a small department with ready access to professors. History is also fascinating in itself, offering a window on various groups and perspectives that shaped the past, both in Canada and comparatively across the globe. Finally, studying the societies, politics, and ideas of past times sharpens the historical memory we can bring to issues of the present, informing and inspiring an active citizenship.
Course Outside of the Department Which May Be Counted Toward History Requirements
Up to four of the following courses may be used to satisfy the Major requirements for any history degree: 12-262, 12-263, 12-271, 12-272, 24-130, 24-230, 40-240, 40-241, 95-240, 01-252. (Please note, instructor’s permission may be required.) No more than one of this list may be used to satisfy the requirements for a Minor in History.