Undergraduate Degree Options


Major in History (B.A. level)

BA with Major in History (20-credit)

The 20-credit Major requires more advanced training in History than does the three-year degree. Besides the general degree requirements for all BA degrees, students majoring in History are required to take:  

  • One course from each of the 4 Groups (A,B,C,D)        
  • At least six, but not more than nine, History full credits above the 1000-level.
  • At least three of these History credits must be 3000- or 4000-level classes.
  • After the first five credits, students must take one full credit in each of two subjects other than history.
  • Within the last 15 full credits, students must take at least one full credit in each of two subjects other than History. 
  • BA Majors in History must take at least one half-credit 4000-level seminar in History.

BA with Double Major including History (20-credit)

 

Besides the general requirements for all BA programs, students must meet the faculty degree requirements for the BA with Double Major, which include:

  • One course from each of the 4 Groups (A,B,C,D) 
  • A total of 10 to 14 credits in the two Major subjects above the 1000-level, with no more than eight, nor fewer than five, in either subject.
  • Students must complete at least two credits above the 2000-level in each Major subject.
  • After the first five credits, students must take one full credit in a single subject other than History and the other Double Major subject.
  • Within the last 15 full credits, students must complete one full credit in a single subject other than the two Major subjects.
  • If History is the primary subject of the Double Major (i.e., more credits in History than in the other subject of the Double Major), students must take at least one half credit in a 4000-level seminar.


Honours in History (B.A. level)

BA with Honours in History (20-credit)

 

This degree is intended for students who plan to proceed to graduate work and for others who wish to enjoy the experience of an intensive research project, the Honours Essay. Students must complete the requirements for the BA with a Major in History (see above) and fulfil the following additional requirements:

  • Applicants normally should have achieved an existing Grade Point Average of at least 3.3 in History courses taken above the 1000-level to be considered for admission to the Honours Program.
  • Honours students must take at least nine but not more than 11 full credits in History beyond the 1000-level.
  • A grade of B- or better is required on nine full History credits.
  • Honours students must take HIST 4990X/Y.06, the Honours Essay, and HIST 4986.06, The Varieties of History.
  • In addition, at least two full credits must be 3000- or 4000-level classes; of these,  at least one half-credit must be at the 4000-level.
  • A grade of B- or better is required on the Honours Essay.

Note: Applications for Honours in History are not considered by the department until the winter term of the student's third year. Please inquire at the department for the relevant deadline.

BA with Combined Honours including History (20-credit)

Besides the general requirements for all BA programs (see above), students must meet the faculty degree requirements for Combined Honours (20-credit).

  • Students must take 11-14 full credits in the two Honours subjects beyond the 1000-level, with no more than eight nor fewer than five full credits in either of them. 
  • Students must complete two full credits at the 3000/4000-level in both Honours subjects.
  • Within the last 15 full credits, students must take at least one credit in a single subject other than the two Honours subjects. 
  • Students will do the Honours Essay (or equivalent) in one of the Honours subjects. If you choose History as your primary subject (i.e., you take more classes in History than in your other Combined Honours subject), you will write an Honours Essay (HIST 4990.06) and take the Honours seminar (HIST 4986.06, The Varieties of History).
  • A grade of B- or better is required in at least four full History credits.


Minors in the History Department (B.A. level)

BA with Concentration/Minor in History (15-credit)

This three-year program is a general liberal arts degree with a concentration (i.e., a Minor) in History. It permits a wide range of choice in the selection of classes. Besides the general degree requirements for all BA degrees, students are required to take:

  • At least three, and not more than four and a half full credits in History above the 1000-level.
  • At least two of these credits must be 3000- or 4000-level classes.
  • After the first five credits, students must take one full credit in each of two subjects other than history.

Minor in Middle East Studies (New!)

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Minor in American Studies

Three credits to be selected from the list below. Students minoring in American Studies must take at least one half credit from each of the three participating departments: HIST, POLI, ENGL. Please note that not all classes are offered each year.

HISTORY

HIST 2331: Creation of the American Republic
HIST 2332: The American Republic, 1840 to 1990
HIST 2333: Political Reform in Twentieth Century America
HIST 2335: Modern American Culture
HIST 2336: The American Century
HIST 2340: The Cold War
HIST 3358: Slavery, Gender, and Power: Women in Nineteenth Century America
HIST 3361: The American Civil War and Reconstruction
HIST 3365: The Vietnam War
HIST 3368: American in the 1950s
HIST 3369: American in the 1960s
HIST 3370: North American Landscapes
HIST 3372: The Cuban Missile Crisis
HIST 3373: Spying on the World: The CIA in American History
HIST 3374: The Objectivity Question in American History
HIST 3380: Slavery and Freedom in the Americas
HIST 4360: Slavery and American Political Culture
HIST 4988: The Historiography of American Foreign Relations, Post-1945

POLITICAL SCIENCE

POLI 2300: Comparative Politics
POLI 2540: Canadian-American Relations
POLI 3304: Comparative Federalism
POLI 3378: US Constitution, Government and Politics
POLI 3431: Politics Through Film and Literature
POLI 3440: The Politics of Fear
POLI 3525: Comparative Foreign Policy Simulation
POLI 3574: American Foreign Policy
POLI 4242: Politics of Reason, Passion, Biology
POLI 4512: The Politics of North America

ENGLISH

ENGL 2003: American Literature
ENGL 2070: African American Literature
ENGL 3061: American Literature to 1865
ENGL 3062: American Literature 1865-1914
ENGL 3070: 20th Century African American Novel
ENGL 3220: American Literature of the Earlier Twentieth Century
ENGL 3221: American Literature of the Later Twentieth Century
ENGL 3245: Beat Generation
ENGL 3820: Nabokov
ENGL 4017: William Faulkner and Toni Morrison
ENGL 4022: Ellison and Everett
ENGL 4280: Hollywood Fiction
ENGL 4400: Nature and American Culture
ENGL 4405: American Gothic
ENGL 4406: New York in Fiction and Poetry
ENGL 4456: American Literature of the Great Depression
ENGL 4609: Moby Dick in Context
ENGL 4803: Race and Gender in American Speculative Fiction
ENGL 4281: Literature and Television

Minor in Latin American Studies

SPAN 2020.06: Intermediate Spanish

Any any two of:

SPAN 2069.03: Central America to 1979
SPAN 2070.03: Area Studies on Mexico and Central America
SPAN 2109.03: Cuba from Colonial Times to 1961
SPAN 2110.03: The Cuban Cultural Revolution
SPAN 2130.03: Latin American dictators: From Fact to Fiction
SPAN 2200.03: Latin American Culture: From the Maya to the 21st Century
SPAN 2510.03: Introducción a la literatura latinoamericana
SPAN 3215.03: Seminario de literatura latinoamericana
SPAN 3510.03: Literatura hispanoamericana contemporánea

Any any two credits from:

HIST 2381.03: Latin America
HIST 2386.03: Colonial Latin America
HIST 3390.03: Latin America: Revolution and Repression
HIST 4300.03: Topics in Latin American History
INTD 3302.03: Social Development in Cuba
INTD 3303.03: The Political Economy of Cuba
INTD 3304.03: Sustainable Development in Cuba
INTD 3310.06: Cuban Culture and Society
INTD 3401.03: Seminar in Development Studies
POLI 3360.03: Politics in Latin America
SOSA 3168.03 (or Xlist code GWST 3168.03) Issues in Latin American Society

At least .5 credit must be at the 3000 level or above.