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University of Calgary Calendar 2023-2024 Faculty of Arts 4. Program Details 4.28 History
4.28 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:

Canadian Studies programs are currently suspended. No new admissions will be permitted.

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


  • Minors are offered in History, Canadian Studies, and Latin American Studies.
  • An Embedded Certificate is offered in Canadian Studies. For more information, see the Embedded Certificates section of the Calendar.

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 History students do not concentrate their studies in one period or thematic area. The Department encourages breadth in History and advises students to 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.

The Latin American Studies 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 considering graduate degrees should combine the Latin American Studies Major with a major or minor in a language relevant to their program.

Contact Information


For Program Advice

Students should consult an undergraduate program advisor in the Arts Students’ Centre for information and advice on their overall program requirements. Advising contact information can be found online:

Admission to the Major

Prospective students wishing to enter the BA Programs (Canadian Studies, History, or Latin American Studies) must meet the criteria listed in section A.5 Undergraduate Admission Requirements of this Calendar.

Admission to Honours

The Faculty of Arts procedures for Admission to BA Honours in History established in section 3.3.2 Honours Degrees are applicable and provide the overall framework. Students wishing to apply to an Honours program must apply through their Student Centre for a change of program to Honours by February 1.

In addition to having successfully completed at least 30 units of post-secondary study, students must have completed at least 3 units in History to enter the Honours program. The Honours Advisor will advise anyone who might be interested in joining the program. 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.

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.

Courses Constituting the Field of History
  • All courses labelled History except History 200.
  • Greek and Roman Studies* 311, 315, 321, 335, 337, 339, 341, 345, 347, 413, 415, 417, 419, 421, 423, 425, 433, 499.

*A maximum of 6 units of Greek and Roman Studies courses may be used towards the major field. Greek and Roman Studies courses do not count towards the minor field.

The following two categories are provided for use in selecting courses to meet program requirements:

Canadian History: History 211, 213, 337, 340, 341, 345, 347, 349, 357, 431, 435, 436, 437, 438, 439*, 442, 443, 447, 450, 511, 520, 521, 526, 528, 529, 530, 551.

History Before 1850: History 203, 204, 211, 220, 303, 305, 320, 326, 327, 330, 359, 365, 406, 418, 422, 425, 426, 464, 473, 540, 546, 565.

*May be counted with the approval of the Program Co-ordinator when the topic is appropriate.

Courses Constituting the Field of Latin American Studies

Courses with a Focus on Latin America

Context Courses

*Subject to approval by the Program Co-ordinator when focused on Latin American topics.