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HISTORY at the U of M


The study of history provides essential background for many disciplines and professions where research analysis, communications skills and an understanding of how past events influence the present are important. The department includes specialists in intellectual, cultural, social, medieval, Aboriginal, women’s and world history. A particular area of departmental specialization is Canadian and western Canadian history.

Skills you will gain by studying HISTORY

  • The ability to understand, interpret and describe past and present events using quantitative and qualitative methods
  • The ability to analyze current and historical events from a social, political and economic perspective
  • The ability to think critically and develop analytical arguments
  • The ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing


This resource is meant as a guide to provide suggestions throughout your time at university. Develop a plan and timeline that suits you best. Make intentional choices for your courses and work experiences.

* Refer to the Academic Calendar for a complete list of program requirements.

Year 1 - 30 credit hours



Course requirements:
6 credit hours in HIST at the 1000 or 2000 level

To do this year:

  1. Know the requirements for your degree. Meet with an academic advisor or department advisor to help you plan your program.
  2. If you need academic support, visit Academic Learning Centre for workshops or to meet with a learning skills instructor.


Start planning your career:

  1. Meet with a career consultant to generate career ideas based on your interests, values, personality and skills.
  2. Research occupations that match your skills and interests.
  3. Set up a careerCONNECT account to view job postings and register for workshops and events.
  4. Set up your Co-Curricular Record (CCR), an official record of university-approved activities.


Link experiences to your career interests. Options include:

  1. Student groups including History Students Association and Arts Student Body Council.
  2. Join the University of Manitoba Volunteer Program or Student Leadership Development Program.
  3. Student work opportunities including Work-Study, STEP Services or Federal Student Work Experience Program.
  4. Experiential education opportunities such as Alternative Reading Week Winnipeg.


Considering international opportunities? Attend World Opportunities Week in November for information about opportunities around the world.

Explore communities and cultures you want to work with:Visit the University of Manitoba Archives, Canada’s National Research Centre for Truth and Reconciliation on campus or learn about local agencies via the Manitoba Contact Guide.


Year 2 - 60 credit hours



Course requirements:
Honours: 18 credit hours in HIST at the 2000 or 3000 level

Advanced: 18 credit hours in HIST at the 2000 level

General: 12 credit hours in HIST at the 2000 level

To do this year:

  1. Should you follow a 3-or 4-year plan? Meet with an academic advisor and career consultant to map out your options.
  2. Consider choosing a second language for your minor to enhance your employability prospects upon graduation.


Make professional connections:

  1. Join the Career Mentor Program to learn from professionals.
  2. Attend career fairs to connect with employers.
  3. Become a student affiliate with theCanadian Historical Association.
  4. Attend the Fort Garry Lectures/Manitoba Student History Talks.

Market your skills: Develop your resumé and cover letter and refine your interview skills.


Explore student research opportunities: Apply for an Undergraduate Research Award and inquire about research assistant positions.

Gain practical experience by volunteering: Check out the Volunteers in Public Service (VIPS) program, Manitoba Historical Society, Parks Canada and museums or historic sites.

Find opportunities to market yourself: Become a Faculty of Arts Student Ambassador.


Develop global career skills and expand intercultural learning: Consider an international student exchange or Travel Study to Israel, an international internship or service-learning program, My World Abroad or SWAP for a "working holiday".

Staying local? Check out the TD Internship for Truth and Reconciliation or one of the local service-learning programs. Consider learning a new language and culture through the Volunteer Language Exchange Program.


Year 3 - 90 credit hours



Course requirements:
Honours: HIST 3990, plus 6 credit hours in HIST at the 3000 level

Advanced: 18 credit hours in HIST at the 3000 level

General: 6 credit hours in HIST at the 3000 level and 6 credit hours in HIST at the 2000 or 3000 level

To do this year:

  1. Meet with a department advisor for honours program approvals.
  2. Confirm eligibility to graduate with an academic advisor and declare intent to graduate in Aurora (3-year option).


Investigate your career options:

  1. Look at sample job postings to ensure you have the qualifications upon graduation.
  2. Develop employability and essential skills sought by employers.
  3. Create a LinkedIn profile to network with professionals.
  4. Explore supports available to entrepreneurs for business planning such as the Business Start Program.

Consider continuing your studies: Check out the Faculty of Graduate Studies, Extended Education or other academic institutions.


Continue or start research: Participate in the Undergraduate Research Poster Competition.

Check out student job opportunities with: Lower Fort Gary, Manitoba Museum, Riel House, Winnipeg Public Library and Young Canada Works (YCW).

Search for job opportunities online: Check out Job Bank, Find My Job, Indeed and the Canadian Heritage Information Network.

Use your networks and connections: Inquire about unadvertised job openings (the "hidden job market").


Did you travel abroad? Write an article about your experience for World W.I.S.E magazine.

Participate in the multicultural opportunities on campus: Attend International Week, participate in the Intercultural Development and Leadership Program, volunteer for the Children Rising Mentorship Program or take part in Graduation Pow Wow.


Year 4 - 120 credit hours



Course requirements:
Honours: 24 credit hours in HIST at the 4000 level

Advanced: 6 credit hours in HIST at the 4000 level

To do this year:

  1. Meet with a department advisor for Honours or Advanced program approvals.
  2. Confirm eligibility to graduate with an academic advisor and declare intent to graduate in Aurora.


Start job search 9 months in advance: Contact Career Services to refine your job search and self-marketing strategies. You can visit the office up to 6 months after graduation.

If you are continuing on to graduate school: Finalize your application materials and required tests. Use the awards database to search for funding and awards to help finance your continuing education. Contact your department to find out how their awards deadlines are advertised.



Ensure you have references in place: Ask your professor for a reference or a letter of recommendation if you're applying for graduate school.

Assess your resumé: Identify any gaps in experience and fill them through volunteering, work placements or internships such as the YCW Building Careers in Heritage program.


Prepare to work in a multicultural environment: Register for a Workplace Cultural Competence Workshop through Extended Education.


Sample Jobs





What Do Employers Want?


Industries such as archives, education, government, media and communications would value an history degree in combination with the employability skills that are highly sought after by employers. These include:*

  • Oral and written communication
  • Critical thinking
  • Problem solving
  • Numeracy and data use
  • Teamwork
  • Digital technology
  • Industry specific knowledge
  • Continuous learning

Attain skills through your classroom education by taking advantage of experiential education opportunities.

*Information has been adapted from Employability Skills 2000+ and Workplace Education Manitoba – Essential Skills.



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Thiane Diop

"Try many different subject fields in history before settling on a concentration. This will not only give you some great general reference points in history, but you might even be surprised by what you end up being really passionate about." Thiane Diop, history student

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