Degree Program - History
Bachelor of Arts
History combines the excitement of exploration and discovery with the reward of successfully confronting and making sense of complex and challenging problems. This program is excellent preparation for graduate studies in history as well as careers in fields like teaching, law, museum or archival studies, international affairs, journalism and public administration.
The major in History equips you 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, you will 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.
Skills You'll Gain
Graduates from the Degree Program History program will develop strong skills in the following aspects:
Adopt clear and persuasive speaking and writing, the formulation and defence of an informed opinion and adaptation to new cultural settings.
Learn how to find and select good sources of information; attention to detail, evaluate ideas and opinions, analyze complex systems and understand how history has shaped people and their environments.
Discover critical thinking, evidence-based decision-making, logical reasoning and the flexibility to examine a topic from multiple perspectives.
Learn to complete complex tasks independently, work as a team and develop leadership skills.
A key component of our BA in History is the course in Public History. Required by all majors, this course will teach the theories and practice behind the creation of historic sites such as museums and archives, as well as the creation of the public perception of the past through film, TV and other media. The course contains a practicum component, where you will gain valuable work experience in museums or archives.
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, working in museums, or in the field of archival and heritage preservation. A degree in history can lead to a career as a university or college professor or as a researcher for various public and private agencies.
Here is a sample of careers that find this degree valuable. Note that this is not an exhaustive list and some occupations require further education and experience.