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Honours Minor

History Minor

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 the requirements of your Major
  • Complete 30 credits in History
  • 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 50% of credits in 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

30 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 requirement 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 24 additional credits in History

  • No more than 12 credits in History at 2000-level will count towards the Minor
  • At least six credits in History above the 1000-level must deal with history outside Canada or U.S.A.
  • At least 6 credits in History must be at the 4000-level, either a seminar or colloquium
  • 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 Minors may take a seminar or a colloquium
  • 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 and Minors 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.

Free Choice

  • Additional courses in History or other subjects