student in libraryThe Department of History offers three programs of study at the undergraduate level: BA, BA (Honours), Combined BA (Honours). A complete description of these programs is available in the undergraduate calendar. Students should also consult the summary of degree requirements, below, which outlines the differences between these programs and provides information on the requirements for those who wish to minor in History.

BA program

The BA Program provides a sound introduction to the discipline and can normally be completed in three years. Graduation requires a total of 15.0 credits, of which 7.0 must be History credits, and a minimum 5.0 cumulative grade point average in all History courses completed.

BA (Honours)

The BA (Honours) adds a fourth year of advanced study during which students take seminars and conduct research under the direct supervision of a faculty member. Graduation requires a total of 20.0 credits, of which at least 10.0 must be History credits, and a minimum 6.5 cumulative grade point average in all History courses completed. The BA (Honours) degree provides students with the option of pursuing graduate work. Since most universities in North America are moving towards 4-year degrees, students with sufficient GPAs are encouraged to enroll in the Honours program. The Honours program includes the option of completing a major research essay for credit, but this may only be undertaken with the permission of a faculty member willing to supervise the project.

BA (Combined Honours)

The BA (Combined Honours) allows the student to major in two different disciplines. This is a four-year degree, and graduation requires a total of 20.0 credits, of which at least 6.0 must be History credits, and a minimum 6.5 cumulative grade point average in all History courses completed. Students must also meet the specific requirements of the second major in order to complete the degree.

BA (Honours): Cooperative Education Option

The Cooperative Education Option allows the student to gain valuable practical experience in a work environment related to History. Students admitted the Co-op Option must satisfy the normal requirements for graduation in the B.A. History (Honours) and three paid work terms, with each work term lasting four months in order to receive the co-op designation on their final transcript and diploma. For more information, please consult Carleton’s Cooperative Education website.

Degree Requirements

The Department of History offers a number of programs of study at the undergraduate level: BA Honours, BA Honours (research essay), BA Combined Honours, BA General, and Minor in History.  The chart below outlines the different requirements.

The BA Honours program offers hands-on research opportunities for students at the undergraduate level. All Honours students take fourth year seminars, with small classes, and opportunities to do independent research under the guidance of a professor.  Students interested in a full year research project should consider the BA Honours (research essay) option.

Students interested in combining History with another discipline may work toward a Combined Honors degree in History and another subject, or an Honours degree in History with a minor in another subject. Popular Combined Honors degrees include Political Science, Journalism, Geography and Environmental Studies and English. Students may also combine with interdisciplinary programs such as the Bachelor of Humanities (Great Books), European, Russian and Eurasian Studies, or African Studies.

Students interested in work experience may wish to apply for the Co-operative Education Option. Details are included in the Undergraduate Calendar section on Co-operative Education.

Students interested in international experience may want to consider the Study Abroad Program.

See Courses for information about individual courses.    Students should ensure that they are satisfying the field requirements in choosing their courses.   Every History course at the 1000-, 2000- and 3000-level has a field designation (except HIST 2809, 3807, and 3810, none of which may be used to satisfy the field requirement). Students majoring in History must complete at least 0.5 credits in each of four of the five fields (a “credit” is one full course or two half-courses).  The fields are: (a) the world before 1750 (b) modern Europe (c) North America (d) Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, and Latin America (e) ideas, culture, and society.  History majors and minors may substitute a higher level history course to replace a lower level history requirement (e.g. you may use a 2000-level History credit to fulfill a 1000-level requirement).

Having trouble?   Students are advised to contact either the History Undergraduate Administrator, Tanya Schwartz, at 400 Paterson Hall, at tanya.schwartz@carleton.ca or the History Undergraduate Supervisor, Professor Pamela Walker, at 417 Paterson Hall, 613-520-2828, or history@carleton.ca.

Degree Requirements Chart

The chart below outlines the requirements for BA Honours, BA Honours (research essay), BA Combined Honours, BA General and Minor in History.  Note that the chart is only a guideline.  A complete description of these programs, including the Co-operative Education Option is available in the undergraduate calendar.  Students should always confirm that they are following the proper academic requirements as outlined in the calendar.

Requirements BA Honours BA Honours
(research project)
BA Combined Honours
BA General Minor
1000-level courses 1.0 credit 1.0  credit 1.0 credit 1.0 credit 1.0 credit
2000-level courses 2.0 or 3.0 credits 2.0 or 3.0 credits 2.0 credits 2.5 credits
+
HIST 2809 (0.5 credit)
1.0 or 2.0 credits
3000-level courses 3.0 or 4.0 credits 2.0 or 3.0 credits 1.0 credit 3.0 credits 1.0 or 2.0 credits
Theory & Method 1.0 credit:
HIST 3810
+
HIST 2809*
1.0 credit:
HIST 3810
+
HIST 2809*
1.0 credit:
HIST 3810
+
HIST 2809*
4000-level seminars 2.0 credits 2.0 credits
+ HIST 4910 (1.0 credit)
1.0 credit
Min. total history credits 10.0 credits 10.0 credits 6.0 credits 7.0 credits 4.0 credits
Max. total history credits 12.0 credits 12.0 credits 15.0 credits
(both majors)
8.0 credits

* may use HIST 3809 or HIST 3811 instead of HIST 2809 if admitted prior to 2012-13