Faculty of Arts - History

Program description

Historical study explains the past to the present and illuminates the present through the past.  The History curriculum offers students opportunities to discover, understand, and assess past time and change over time.  Historical study develops strong writing skills and critical analysis.  As well, it provides training in skills of intellectual enquiry and judgment to prepare for students’ future lives.  In addition, the curriculum prepares graduates who will become professional historians. 

Program options

Degree options

B.A. Bachelor of Arts (General) - 3 years

B.A. (Adv.) Bachelor of Arts (Advanced) - 4 years

B. A. (Adv.) Bachelor of Arts (Advanced) - Co-op option - 5 years

B.A. (Hons.) Bachelor of Arts (Honours) - 4 years – Honours Double option available

B.A. (Hons.) Bachelor of Arts (Honours) - 5 years - Co-op option available

    Interesting courses and unique opportunities

    Areas of Study

    • Africa and the Middle East
    • The Americas (the United States and Latin America)
    • Archival Studies (graduate program)
    • Asia
    • Canada
    • Europe
    • Medieval
    • Modern World
    • Methodology
    • General (Introductory courses and Methodology)

    Co-op Option

    The Department of History offers a Co-op education program attached to an Advanced degree and an Honours degree option. Students in the co-op program have an amazing opportunity to meet employers, get career support and complete 12-months of paid work experience before graduation. 

    Professional opportunities

    • Law
    • Teaching
    • Editing
    • Archival and museum work
    • Library and information science
    • Film
    • Television and digital media
    • Journalism
    • Foreign service
    • Related consulting
    • Heritage and cultural agencies
    • Consulting 
    Note: the study of history is relevant to all professions particularly those requiring the ability to make well founded and coherent arguments, research and research analysis, critical reading of texts, strong oral and written communication skills, and an understanding of how past events influence the present.

    Admission requirements

    Visit the Faculty of Arts Direct Entry (high school applicants) or Advanced Entry (post-secondary applicants) application for admission page to learn more about admission requirements, application dates and how to apply.

    What is unique about this program at the U of M?

    The Department of History is deeply committed to teaching excellence, and members have received Faculty and University teaching awards. The Department has a strong record of research and scholarship in all areas and one of its members is a Canada Research Chair in Western Canadian Social History. The Department sponsors interdisciplinary research clusters in globalization and cosmopolitanism, power and resistance in Latin America, Jewish studies, south Asian and African post-colonial studies, the history of the body, and law and society. The holder of the University's Jarislowsky Chair in the History of the Modern Middle East and North Africa is a member of the department. The department has active graduate and undergraduate associations.  

    The faculty includes specialists in virtually every type of historical study: intellectual, cultural, political, economic and business, Aboriginal, women's, diplomatic, global, comparative, and Third World history as well as archival studies.

    Important links

    Faculty of Arts Home 
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