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Honours Major/Minor Bachelors

History Major

Graduation Requirements

Students must:

  • Successfully complete (pass) at least 120 credits that meet the degree and program requirements of the Faculty of LA&PS with a cumulative grade point average of at least 5.00;
  • Complete 42 credits in History
  • Complete the requirements of your Minor
  • Complete 24 credits of General Education requirements, as described below
  • Complete at least 36 credits at the 3000- or 4000-level, including at least 18 credits at the 4000-level (of which 6 must be in History).
  • Meet York’s residency requirement: at least 21 credits (50% of credits toward your major) and at least 30 credits overall, must be taken at York University.

General Education

Students take a minimum of 21 general education credits as follows:

  • 6 credits in natural science (NATS)
  • 9.00 credit course in either the humanities or social science categories from the approved list of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies general education courses
  • 6.00 credit course on the other side of the humanities and social science category divide from the approved list of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies general education courses

Approved General Education Courses

Credits in History

42 credits, including:

6 credits at the 1000-level (Must be taken in the LA&PS History Department)

  • First-year courses taken at Glendon or other universities do NOT satisfy this requirement. (The Department usually counts these as 2000-level courses.)
  • No more than one AP/HIST1000-level course (6 credits) will count towards the HIST Major
  • Upper-year students must obtain permission from the Director of Undergraduate Studies to enrol in an AP/HIST1000-level course.
  • Courses at the 1000-level do not fulfill the departmental requirement that at least one course in the major must deal with history outside Canada and the U.S.A.
  • Exemptions to this requirements are only granted at the discretion of the Director of Undergraduate Studies. Exemptions may be granted if the student has taken a minimum of 18 credits in History courses, in which the student has earned a minimum B+ History grade point average. Students granted such an exemption must take a substitute 6-credit History course at the 3000 level or above.

At least 36 additional credits in History

  • No more than 12 credits in History at the 2000-level will count towards the Major
  • At least 6 credits in History above the 1000-level must deal with history outside Canada and the U.S.A.
  • At least 24 credits in History must be at the 3000-level or above
  • At least 12 credits in History must be at the 4000-level, including at least one seminar (AP/HIST 4XXX) A course may count only once, toward your Major OR Minor (no double-counting)

Information on 4000-level History courses

The AP/History Department offers two types of 4000-level courses: seminars and colloquia. Seminars (HIST 4XXX) normally enrol about 18 students and have a substantial research component. Colloquia (HIST 40XX) normally enrol 30 students.

  • History Honours Majors must take at least one 4000-level seminar
  • 4000-level History seminars are NOT offered during the summer session.
  • 4000-level History courses taken at the Glendon Campus will count as seminars if they have planned enrolments of fewer than 20 students.
  • History Majors who have successfully completed at least 84 credits may use the online enrolment system to enrol in 4000-level courses for which they have the prerequisite(s). Students unable to enrol for any reason should contact the course director and the Director of Undergraduate Studies for permission.
  • Exceptionally strong students may enrol in Graduate History courses at the 5000-level with permission of the course director. Such a course will be entered as AP/HIST 4991, Advanced Seminar in History, on undergraduate transcripts and will count as a 4000-level seminar for departmental degree requirement purposes.  On request, the department will attest, on letterhead, that History 4991 is a graduate-level course. For further information and permission to enrol, see the Director of Undergraduate Studies.
  • Honours Essay (AP/HIST 4000 6.0): History Majors of exceptional ability (defined as a B+ or higher average in History) may apply for permission to do an Honours Essay under the supervision of a History department faculty member. For more information about the Honours Essay, click here.

Credits toward the Minor

30 credits

  • Consult with Minor department

Free Choice

  • Additional courses in History or other subjects