Bachelor of Arts – History

3 or 4 Year Degree

History combines the excitement of exploration and discovery with the reward of successfully confronting and making sense of complex and challenging problems. The program is excellent preparation for graduate studies in history, as well as careers in areas such as teaching, law, archival studies, international affairs, journalism and public administration.

The major in History equips students with the skills needed to uncover and analyze the events, processes and ideas which shape the past and to appreciate how an understanding of the past helps inform the present and the future. Through the study of change and continuity over time and place, students acquire an ability to look at the past from different angles and perspectives and employ a variety of analytical tools and methods in interpreting human affairs and institutions.

Graduates from our program will develop strong skills in the following aspects:

  • Communication: clear and persuasive speaking and writing; the formulation and defence of an informed opinion; and adaptation to new cultural settings
  • Research: finding and selecting good sources of information; attention to detail; evaluation of ideas and opinions; analysis of complex systems; understanding how history has shaped people and their environments
  • Problem-solving: critical thinking; evidence-based decision-making; logical reasoning; and a flexibility to take multiple perspectives
  • Organization: the ability to complete complex tasks; independent learning; team work; and leadership
A Bachelor of Arts in History equips you with the communications and critical thinking skills necessary to launch a career in areas such as politics, publishing, public relations, or public administration. An undergraduate degree in History is also excellent preparation for further studies in law, archival science, or education. It is a prerequisite to teaching in elementary and secondary schools, and working in museums, or in the field of archival and heritage preservation. It can lead to a career as a university or college professor, or as a researcher for various public and private agencies.

Below is a sample of jobs that may be relevant to this degree. Note that this is not an exhaustive list and some occupations require further education and experience.

  • Historical Interpreter
  • Coordinator of Public Affairs
  • Customer Care Representative
  • Student Exhibition Coordinator
  • Coordinator for Volunteerism & Diversity
  • Museum Curator
  • Researcher
  • Technician
  • Editor
  • Historical Researcher
  • Gallery Attendant
  • Archival Research Assistant
  • Collection and Information Assistant

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