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

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.

QS University Rankings

In the 2024 Quacquerelli Symonds (QS) University Rankings by Subject report, History ranked in the top 150 in the world and #4 in Canada.

We offer a wide coverage of human history - from Ancient Greece, Rome, and North America, through the Middle Ages in Europe and the Middle East, through the global struggles of the 19th and 20th century, all the way up to the story of the contemporary world. Studying history equips you with real world skills, such as research with digital and non-digital databases, and effective communication.

— Stephen Brooke
Chair & Professor, Department of History

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