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University of Calgary Calendar 2016-2017 Faculty of Arts 4. Program Details 4.34 History
4.34 History
Overview of Programs and Procedures
Baccalaureate Degrees Offered

Degrees in History:

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in History

BA in History with Co-operative Education

BA Honours in History

BA Honours in History with Co-operative Education

Concurrent BA in History and Bachelor of Education

Degrees in Canadian Studies:

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Canadian Studies

BA in Canadian Studies with Co-operative Education

BA Honours in Canadian Studies

BA Honours in Canadian Studies with Co-operative Education

Concurrent BA in Canadian Studies and Bachelor of Education

Degrees in Latin American Studies:

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Latin American Studies

BA in Latin American with Co-operative Education

Related Interdisciplinary Degrees (See separate listings):

BA and BA Honours in Ancient and Medieval History

Note: Minors are offered in History, Canadian Studies, and Latin American Studies.


The Department of History offers instruction in a broad range of historical fields. The Programs in History provide a broad liberal arts education, with widespread application. The BA Honours in History deepens the foundation in historical studies and provides excellent preparation for graduate studies in history as well as fields such as education, law, journalism and public administration.

The Department strongly recommends that students do not concentrate their studies in one period or thematic area. The Department encourages breadth in History and that students take courses about different chronological eras, in different geographic areas, and from different analytical perspectives.

The Canadian Studies program offers an introduction to Canadian literature, the arts, politics and society. It is designed for those who might wish to pursue careers in government, law, education, communications or in other areas where a thorough knowledge of Canada is necessary. The program is interdisciplinary, which allows students to benefit from exposure to faculty members and ideas and developments from different fields.

First year students in Canadian Studies are encouraged to explore courses in a variety of areas. It is recommended that a first year program include: Canadian Studies 201 and at least an additional 9 units (1.5 full-course equivalents) from the Faculty of Arts. Competency in a second language is highly recommended. Degree programs in Canadian Studies include optional senior-level courses offered by various Departments. It is therefore useful to take first year courses from a variety of related areas such as history and political science.

Students seeking advice on first year course selection may contact the Arts Students' Centre.

Building upon the university's historical strength in issues relating to Latin America, this state-of-the-art degree program offers students diverse learning environments, and seeks to maximize opportunities for students to experience Latin America first-hand. The program stresses the development of a critical and informed view of Latin America, linguistic skills, independent research and writing abilities, and cultural sensitivity. This major program prepares students for work in the public and private sectors in Canada that deal with Latin American countries and cultures. Graduates may find work opportunities in the diplomatic and the civil service, business, journalism, teaching and tourism.

Students are strongly encouraged to combine the Latin American Studies Major with another major or minor and to take a semester of study at a Latin American university through one of the many exchange agreements that the University of Calgary maintains.

Contact Information and Program Advice

Department Office: Social Sciences 656

Phone: 403.220.6401

Fax: 403.289.8566



For Program Advice

Students should consult a program advisor in the Arts Students’ Centre for information and advice on their overall program requirements.

For more specific advice regarding course selection and requirements in the major field, students should consult the subject advisor located in their home Department (consult Department website for contact information).

Admission to the Major

Prospective students wishing to enter the BA (History) Program must meet the criteria listed in section A.2 Undergraduate Admission of this Calendar.

Admission to Honours

The Faculty of Arts procedures for Admission to BA Honours (History or Canadian Studies) established in section 3.4.2 Honours Degrees with a Major Field are applicable and provide the overall framework. The application deadline is February 1.

In addition to having successfully completed at least 30 units (5.0 full-course equivalents) of post-secondary study, students must have completed at least 3 units (0.5 full-course equivalent) in History to enter the Honours program. The Honours Advisor will advise anyone who might be interested in joining the program. Students should consult with the Honours Advisor annually concerning their course selection. In addition to completing the online application in the Student Centre by the application deadline, a supplemental application must be submitted by January 15. The supplemental application can be found on the Department of History website ( Students are encouraged to consult with the Honours Advisor well before the deadline to determine their eligibility.

Students majoring in Canadian Studies are eligible to apply for Honours by the February 1 deadline only if they will complete the program during the following academic year.

In addition to completing an application in the online Student Centre by the deadline, students must submit a completed application form for Interdisciplinary Studies 590 (Honours Thesis) to the Program Co-ordinator. The application form must be signed by a thesis supervisor and include preliminary thesis proposal. To meet the deadline, it is recommended that students wishing to enrol in the Honours program obtain guidelines and an application form from the Program Co-ordinator no later than January 15. Students are strongly advised to secure a thesis supervisor by January 15.

Overlapping Programs

Programs in History cannot be taken in conjunction with programs in Ancient and Medieval History. This restriction applies to Major-plus-Minor combinations, Double Majors, Combined Degrees and Second Baccalaureate Degrees.

Field of History

The Field of History consists of all courses labelled History (HTST) except History 200. It also includes Greek and Roman Studies (GRST) 315, 337, 339, 345, 347, 425 and 433*.

*A maximum of 6 units (1.0 full-course equivalent) Greek and Roman Studies course may be used towards the major field. Greek and Roman Studies courses do not count towards the minor field.

Field of Canadian Studies

The Field of Canadian Studies includes:

Thematic Clusters

1. Canadian and American Contexts and Comparisons

Strongly Recommended Courses: Canadian Studies 333, 341, 451.
Additional Courses: Canadian Studies 401*; Communication and Media Studies 435; Economics 323, 325, 329; English 372; History 345, 347, 349, 357, 359, 361, 367, 381, 383, 412, 431, 439, 443, 447, 459, 460, 463, 467, 472, 485, 490, 523, 526.

2. Canada and the Urban Setting

Strongly Recommended Courses: Canadian Studies 355, 361, 439, 433, 451.
Additional Courses: Anthropology 379, 479; Architectural Studies 201, Canadian Studies 401*; Economics 355; Geography 253, 321, 351, 361, 365, 367, 429, 451, 463, 479, 553, 555, 565; History 354, 472; Sociology 353, 453; Urban Studies 253.

3. Canadian Environmental Perspectives

Strongly Recommended Course: Canadian Studies 333.
Additional Courses: Canadian Studies 401*; Economics 473; History 354, 437; Geography 251, 305, 311, 381, 429, 517, 519, 522; Science, Technology and Society 343, 401*.

4. First Nations, Duality and Ethnicity

Strongly Recommended Courses: Canadian Studies 339, 361, 433, 451.
Additional Courses: Anthropology 213, 321, 323, 355, 421; Archaeology 419, Art History 367; Canadian Studies 401*; East Asian Studies 201, 319, 321; History 209, 303, 317, 337, 340, 345, 357, 397.01, 397.02, 404, 442, 443, 447, 523, 529, 547; Indigenous Studies 317, 343, 397, 401, 415; Political Science 279, 369, 470; Sociology 307, 309, 375, 405, 467, 475.

Language Courses

French, Indigenous Languages, Arabic, Chinese, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Spanish (see Notes for more information).

5. Cultural Expressions

Strongly Recommended Courses: Canadian Studies 337, 339, 341, 361, 433, 439, 451.
Additional Courses: Art History 301, 303, 367, 411*; Canadian Studies 401*; Communication and Media Studies 435; English 372; Film 301*, 305*, 351, 403*, 405*, 441*, 451; History 341, 431.

6. Health and Social Policy

Strongly Recommended Courses: Canadian Studies 333, 355, 361.
Additional Courses: Anthropology 341, 441, 479, 589; Canadian Studies 401*; Economics 349, 379; Geography 463, 479; History 337, 442, 443, 450, Political Science 321, 357, 431, 447, 451, 521, 541; Sociology 205, 321, 355, 371, 373, 405, 409.

Additional Courses with a Focus on Canada

Methodology Courses


  • Courses marked with an asterisks (*) can be counted with the approval of the Program Co-ordinator when the topic is appropriate. Other courses may be approved when their content is appropriate. In particular, additional English courses may be appropriate in Clusters 1, 4 and 5.
  • A maximum of 6 units (1.0 full-course equivalent) may be used in language courses. Culture courses offered in English by language departments cannot be used toward language courses. Students should select a language of study that will assist them with their research on an understanding of Canadian Studies.
  • Most of the courses listed above have prerequisites that lie outside the Field of Canadian Studies. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that prerequisites are completed. We encourage students to speak with a program advisor on a regular basis to assist with a degree planning.
Field of Latin American Studies

The Field of Latin American Studies consists of the following courses:

Courses with a Focus on Latin America

All courses labelled Latin American Studies (LAST)
Anthropology 321, 421
Archaeology 341, 343, 345, 347, 351, 353, 355, 357, 411, 503*, 537, 553
Geography 371, 555*
History 365, 367467471, 472, 487, 565, 569
Political Science 473, 571*, 579*
Spanish 421, 423, 441*, 471*, 473*, 499*, 553, 555, 571*, 599*

Context Courses

Anthropology 405
Development Studies 375, 393, 405
Economics 337
Geography 425, 463
History 305
Indigenous Studies 312*, 399*, 407*
Music 301*
Political Science 279, 359

Supporting Courses

Communication and Culture 301, 303
Communication and Media Studies 313
History 300
Political Science 399
Psychology 312
Sociology 313


  • (*) Subject to approval by the Program Co-ordinator when focused on Latin American topics.
  • Most of the courses listed above have prerequisites that lie outside the Field of Latin American Studies. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that prerequisites are completed. We encourage students to speak with a program advisor on a regular basis to assist with a degree planning.