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Bachelor of Arts (BA), International Bachelor of Arts (iBA)

Work Experience   Study Abroad   Double Major   Minor

Consider this: You can’t fully appreciate the significance of the Internet without understanding the development of the printing press. With a history degree, you’ll learn to think critically about how the past and present are so similar – yet so utterly different.

Study with award-winning professors whose knowledge stretches from the ancient world to the present day. Small class sizes (fourth-year seminars have just 18 students) mean you’ll get to interact closely with your peers and teachers.

You’ll get exposure to topics as varied as the history of money, war in the 20th century, the history of sport, Indigenous history, and histories spanning cultures and geographies. 

With a history degree, you’ll gain the practical and critical skills to prepare you for a range of employment and further study options. Our graduates have gone on to careers as librarians, mediators, historians, advisors, lawyers, editors and more.

What you’ll learn 


  • Develop critical thinking and research expertise, as well as the ability to debate and present your opinions to others – skills prized by today’s employers.
  • Produce effective communication, whether in writing or other kinds of media, to clearly and persuasively articulate problems and solutions.

Hands-on experiences 


  • Bring your studies to life with a course that takes you abroad – in past years, students have participated in courses in Greece and Spain.
  • Our Public History course offers on-site learning with field placements at museums, archives and galleries.

The professors within the History program have been great contributors to my success at York. They recognize the potential of students and encourage them to not settle, either in their academic abilities or personal goals. Their encouragement and support have been invaluable to the success of not only mine, but many students' achievements.

— Valaruthy Indran
Student, History

Read more testimonials from our alumni

York University History alum Valaruthy Indran

Questions?

For more information, contact us at lapshist@yorku.ca.