History

Pursue Undergraduate Program in

History

About History

Our Department of History is one of the best in North America.

The History program in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies explores historical events, people and places to help you gain a fuller understanding of, and appreciation for, the role and importance of history and how it impacts current events. Our professors have won university-wide, provincial and national teaching awards. Because of our size, our roster includes many and varied courses taught by experts in their fields.

Choose from courses covering Canadian, African and European history and explore themes such as the immigrant experience in Canada, the Holocaust and global migration.

In addition to courses in social, economic and political history, we offer subjects like:

  • Native history
  • Black history
  • Histories of gender and sexualities
  • History and film

Some of our best students go on to MA and PhD programs in Canada or abroad. In conjunction with York's programs in education, many of our graduates become teachers. The study of history teaches many skills necessary to succeed in today's world: critical thinking; research; assembling and analyzing information; and effective oral and written communication. Knowledge of history deepens your understanding of both the past and the present.

  • We offer courses covering an almost global geography and ranging in time from antiquity to the fall of communism.
  • Our professors have published books on topics as varied as Halloween, love and death in Renaissance Italy, the world of voyageurs, Canadian marijuana policy and modern Iraq.
  • We have 37 full-time professors providing creative, dynamic and innovative teaching. They include one Canada Research Chair, two Distinguished Research Professors, five Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) and one member of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists of the RSC.

Possible Career Paths
Educator, journalist, lawyer, librarian, museum curator

 

Questions?

Contact us at goyork@yorku.ca 


Program Details


Offered By

Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

Degrees Offered

BA, iBA

Fall Entry

Yes

Winter Entry

Yes

Summer Entry

Yes

Ways to Study

Full-Time, Part-Time

Sample Schedule (First-year)

  • First-year History course
  • Second-year History course, or a course outside the major
  • Humanities or Social Science General Education course
  • Natural Science General Education course
  • Courses outside the major

Possible Career Paths

  • Educator
  • Journalist
  • Lawyer
  • Librarian
Explore what you can do with your degree
Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

BA

Requirements for admission:
  • Alberta High School Diploma
  • ELA30-1 or English 30
  • And four additional academic courses numbered 30 or 31
    • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.
      Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

      iBA

      Requirements for admission:
    • Alberta High School Diploma
    • ELA30-1 or English 30
    • And four additional academic courses numbered 30 or 31
      • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.
        Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

        BA

        Requirements for admission:
      • British Columbia Secondary School Graduation Diploma
      • English 12 or English 12 First Peoples
      • And four additional Grade 12 Academic subjects
        • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.
          Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

          iBA

          Requirements for admission:
        • British Columbia Secondary School Graduation Diploma
        • English 12 or English 12 First Peoples
        • And four additional Grade 12 Academic subjects
          • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.
            Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

            BA

            Requirements for admission:
          • Baccalauréat Général
              • A maximum of 30 possible transferable credits may be granted for successful completion of the Baccalauréat Général. Please click here, then click “Transfer Credit Requirements” for details.
              Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

              iBA

              Requirements for admission:
            • Baccalauréat Général
                • A maximum of 30 possible transferable credits may be granted for successful completion of the Baccalauréat Général. Please click here, then click “Transfer Credit Requirements” for details.
                Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

                BA

                Requirements for admission:
              • Successful completion of the final year of senior studies
                • Minimum overall result of “Bien/Buena/Bueno/Good” on all academic courses.
                • Some programs require a higher GPA.
                • Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

                  iBA

                  Requirements for admission:
                • Successful completion of the final year of senior studies
                  • Minimum overall result of “Bien/Buena/Bueno/Good” on all academic courses.
                  • Some programs require a higher GPA.
                  • Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

                    BA

                    Requirements for admission:
                  • Diploma with a total of at least six units, including prerequisites, and grades of 1, 2 or 3 in each unit.
                    • A minimum overall average of 3 out of 7 is required. Higher grades required for certain programs.
                      • CAPE 2-unit courses, with results of 3 or better, are eligible for transfer credit, up to a maximum of 18 credits. Please click here, then click “Transfer Credit Requirements” for details.
                      Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

                      iBA

                      Requirements for admission:
                    • Diploma with a total of at least six units, including prerequisites, and grades of 1, 2 or 3 in each unit.
                      • A minimum overall average of 3 out of 7 is required. Higher grades required for certain programs.
                        • CAPE 2-unit courses, with results of 3 or better, are eligible for transfer credit, up to a maximum of 18 credits. Please click here, then click “Transfer Credit Requirements” for details.
                        Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

                        BA

                        Requirements for admission:
                      • One year of CEGEP
                      • 2 semesters of English/anglais
                      • And ten additional academic courses (high-school equivalent courses not accepted)
                          • Extra courses will be assessed for transfer credit. Applicants with the DEC may be awarded up to one full year of transfer credit.
                          To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.
                          Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

                          iBA

                          Requirements for admission:
                        • One year of CEGEP
                        • 2 semesters of English/anglais
                        • And ten additional academic courses (high-school equivalent courses not accepted)
                            • Extra courses will be assessed for transfer credit. Applicants with the DEC may be awarded up to one full year of transfer credit.
                            To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.
                            Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

                            BA

                            Requirements for admission:
                          • Senior Secondary School Graduation Certificate
                            • Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

                              iBA

                              Requirements for admission:
                            • Senior Secondary School Graduation Certificate
                              • Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                BA

                                Requirements for admission:
                              • Lise Diplomasi
                                • Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                  iBA

                                  Requirements for admission:
                                • Lise Diplomasi
                                  • Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                    BA

                                    Requirements for admission:
                                  • General Certificate of Education (GCE) Examinations
                                      • GCE A2 examinations with results of "C" or better, are eligible for transfer credit, up to a maximum of 18 credits. Please click here, then click “Transfer Credit Requirements” for details.
                                      To gain admission to this program, minimum average of C is required.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of C.
                                      Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                      iBA

                                      Requirements for admission:
                                    • General Certificate of Education (GCE) Examinations
                                        • GCE A2 examinations with results of "C" or better, are eligible for transfer credit, up to a maximum of 18 credits. Please click here, then click “Transfer Credit Requirements” for details.
                                        To gain admission to this program, minimum average of C is required.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of C.
                                        Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                        BA

                                        Requirements for admission:
                                      • Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)
                                        • To gain admission to this program, successful completion of the Twelfth Year of senior studies with a minimum overall average of %cutoff.hk%/5.0 required.
                                          Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                          iBA

                                          Requirements for admission:
                                        • Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)
                                          • To gain admission to this program, successful completion of the Twelfth Year of senior studies with a minimum overall average of %cutoff.hk%/5.0 required.
                                            Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                            BA

                                            Requirements for admission:
                                          • International Baccalaureate Diploma
                                            • IB Diploma with passes in six subjects: three passes at the Standard-level and three passes at the Higher-level, or two passes at the Standard-level and four passes at the Higher-level
                                              • Transfer credit is granted for IB courses with Higher-level final grades of 5 or better, to a maximum of 30 credits. Please click here, then click “Transfer Credit Requirements” for details.
                                              To gain admission to this program, minimum IB diploma point scores of 28 is required.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires minimum IB diploma point scores of 28.
                                              Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                              iBA

                                              Requirements for admission:
                                            • International Baccalaureate Diploma
                                              • IB Diploma with passes in six subjects: three passes at the Standard-level and three passes at the Higher-level, or two passes at the Standard-level and four passes at the Higher-level
                                                • Transfer credit is granted for IB courses with Higher-level final grades of 5 or better, to a maximum of 30 credits. Please click here, then click “Transfer Credit Requirements” for details.
                                                To gain admission to this program, minimum IB diploma point scores of 28 is required.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires minimum IB diploma point scores of 28.
                                                Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                BA

                                                Requirements for admission:
                                              • Completion of one of the following:
                                                • All-India Senior School Certificate (AISSCE)
                                                • Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC)
                                                • Indian School Certificate (ISC)
                                                • Intermediate Examination Certificate
                                                • Pre-University Examination Certificate
                                                • Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                  iBA

                                                  Requirements for admission:
                                                • Completion of one of the following:
                                                  • All-India Senior School Certificate (AISSCE)
                                                  • Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC)
                                                  • Indian School Certificate (ISC)
                                                  • Intermediate Examination Certificate
                                                  • Pre-University Examination Certificate
                                                  • Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                    BA

                                                    Requirements for admission:
                                                  • Manitoba High School Diploma
                                                  • English 40S
                                                  • And four additional 40S level academic subjects (no more than one at the 40G level)
                                                    • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.
                                                      Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                      iBA

                                                      Requirements for admission:
                                                    • Manitoba High School Diploma
                                                    • English 40S
                                                    • And four additional 40S level academic subjects (no more than one at the 40G level)
                                                      • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.
                                                        Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                        BA

                                                        Requirements for admission:
                                                      • New Brunswick High School Graduation Diploma
                                                      • English 120, 121 or 122
                                                      • And five additional Grade 12 academic subjects (college preparatory 120, 121 or 122)
                                                        • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.
                                                          Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                          iBA

                                                          Requirements for admission:
                                                        • New Brunswick High School Graduation Diploma
                                                        • English 120, 121 or 122
                                                        • And five additional Grade 12 academic subjects (college preparatory 120, 121 or 122)
                                                          • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.
                                                            Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                            BA

                                                            Requirements for admission:
                                                          • Newfoundland and Labrador High School Graduation Diploma
                                                          • English 3201
                                                          • And nine additional credits at the 3000 level
                                                            • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.
                                                              Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                              iBA

                                                              Requirements for admission:
                                                            • Newfoundland and Labrador High School Graduation Diploma
                                                            • English 3201
                                                            • And nine additional credits at the 3000 level
                                                              • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.
                                                                Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                BA

                                                                Requirements for admission:
                                                              • Nova Scotia High School Graduation Diploma
                                                              • English 12
                                                              • And four additional Grade 12 academic subjects (university preparatory academic or advanced)
                                                                • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.
                                                                  Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                  iBA

                                                                  Requirements for admission:
                                                                • Nova Scotia High School Graduation Diploma
                                                                • English 12
                                                                • And four additional Grade 12 academic subjects (university preparatory academic or advanced)
                                                                  • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.
                                                                    Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                    BA

                                                                    Requirements for admission:
                                                                  • Nunavut High School Graduation Diploma
                                                                  • ELA30-1 or English 30
                                                                  • And four additional academic courses numbered 30 or 31
                                                                    • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.
                                                                      Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                      iBA

                                                                      Requirements for admission:
                                                                    • Nunavut High School Graduation Diploma
                                                                    • ELA30-1 or English 30
                                                                    • And four additional academic courses numbered 30 or 31
                                                                      • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.
                                                                        Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                        BA

                                                                        Requirements for admission:
                                                                      • Northwest Territories High School Graduation Diploma
                                                                      • ELA30-1 or English 30
                                                                      • And four additional academic courses numbered 30 or 31
                                                                        • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.
                                                                          Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                          iBA

                                                                          Requirements for admission:
                                                                        • Northwest Territories High School Graduation Diploma
                                                                        • ELA30-1 or English 30
                                                                        • And four additional academic courses numbered 30 or 31
                                                                          • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.
                                                                            Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                            BA

                                                                            Requirements for admission:
                                                                          • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)
                                                                          • ENG4U
                                                                          • And five additional 4U or M courses
                                                                            • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.
                                                                              OUAC code YUC
                                                                              Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                              iBA

                                                                              Requirements for admission:
                                                                            • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)
                                                                            • ENG4U
                                                                            • And five additional 4U or M courses
                                                                              • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.
                                                                                OUAC code YUC
                                                                                Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                                BA

                                                                                Requirements for admission:
                                                                              • Completion of a diploma program or at least two full semesters or one year of full-time academic study at an accredited college
                                                                              • Overall average of 3.0 or better on a 4-point scale (or equivalent)
                                                                              • Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                                iBA

                                                                                Requirements for admission:
                                                                              • Completion of a diploma program or at least two full semesters or one year of full-time academic study at an accredited college
                                                                              • Overall average of 3.0 or better on a 4-point scale (or equivalent)
                                                                              • Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                                BA

                                                                                To be considered a mature student, you must:
                                                                              • Be at least 20 years old by the end of the calendar year of admission to the University
                                                                              • Have been out of full-time high school studies for at least two years or have returned to upgrade after a two year absence
                                                                              • Have attempted less than one full year of studies at an accredited university or college
                                                                              • Have demonstrated potential for success through academic, professional or volunteer activities and other accomplishments
                                                                              • Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                                iBA

                                                                                To be considered a mature student, you must:
                                                                              • Be at least 20 years old by the end of the calendar year of admission to the University
                                                                              • Have been out of full-time high school studies for at least two years or have returned to upgrade after a two year absence
                                                                              • Have attempted less than one full year of studies at an accredited university or college
                                                                              • Have demonstrated potential for success through academic, professional or volunteer activities and other accomplishments
                                                                              • Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                                BA

                                                                                Requirements for admission:
                                                                              • Completion of at least four full-year courses or one year of full-time degree studies at an accredited university
                                                                              • Applicants to Honours-level program: Overall average of 2.3 or better on a 4-point scale (or equivalent)
                                                                              • Applicants to Bachelor-level program: Overall average of 2.0 or better on a 4-point scale (or equivalent)
                                                                              • Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                                iBA

                                                                                Requirements for admission:
                                                                              • Completion of at least four full-year courses or one year of full-time degree studies at an accredited university
                                                                              • Overall average of 2.3 or better on a 4-point scale (or equivalent)
                                                                              • Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                                BA

                                                                                Requirements for admission:
                                                                              • Prince Edward Island Senior Secondary School Diploma
                                                                              • English 621
                                                                              • And four additional Grade 12 academic subjects (numbered 611 or 621)
                                                                                • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.
                                                                                  Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                                  iBA

                                                                                  Requirements for admission:
                                                                                • Prince Edward Island Senior Secondary School Diploma
                                                                                • English 621
                                                                                • And four additional Grade 12 academic subjects (numbered 611 or 621)
                                                                                  • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.
                                                                                    Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                                    BA

                                                                                    Requirements for admission:
                                                                                  • Quebec Grade 12 Certificate of Graduation
                                                                                  • Grade 12 English
                                                                                  • And five additional academic (university preparation level) subjects
                                                                                    • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.
                                                                                      Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                                      iBA

                                                                                      Requirements for admission:
                                                                                    • Quebec Grade 12 Certificate of Graduation
                                                                                    • Grade 12 English
                                                                                    • And five additional academic (university preparation level) subjects
                                                                                      • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.
                                                                                        Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                                        BA

                                                                                        Requirements for admission:
                                                                                      • Transcript of Secondary Level Achievement
                                                                                      • English A30 and English B30
                                                                                      • And three additional Grade 12 academic subjects numbered 30
                                                                                        • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.
                                                                                          Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                                          iBA

                                                                                          Requirements for admission:
                                                                                        • Transcript of Secondary Level Achievement
                                                                                        • English A30 and English B30
                                                                                        • And three additional Grade 12 academic subjects numbered 30
                                                                                          • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.
                                                                                            Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                                            BA

                                                                                            Requirements for admission:
                                                                                          • General Secondary Education Certificate
                                                                                            • Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                                              iBA

                                                                                              Requirements for admission:
                                                                                            • General Secondary Education Certificate
                                                                                              • Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                                                BA

                                                                                                Requirements for admission:
                                                                                              • High School Diploma
                                                                                                  • AP College Board examinations are eligible for transfer credit, for results of 4 or 5, up to a maximum of 30 credits. Please click here, then click “Transfer Credit Requirements” for details.
                                                                                                  Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                                                  iBA

                                                                                                  Requirements for admission:
                                                                                                • High School Diploma
                                                                                                    • AP College Board examinations are eligible for transfer credit, for results of 4 or 5, up to a maximum of 30 credits. Please click here, then click “Transfer Credit Requirements” for details.
                                                                                                    Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                                                    BA

                                                                                                    Requirements for admission:
                                                                                                  • West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) or National Examinations Council (NECO)
                                                                                                    • Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                                                      iBA

                                                                                                      Requirements for admission:
                                                                                                    • West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) or National Examinations Council (NECO)
                                                                                                      • Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                                                        BA

                                                                                                        Requirements for admission:
                                                                                                      • Yukon High School Diploma
                                                                                                      • English 12 or English 12 First Peoples
                                                                                                      • And three additional Grade 12 Academic subjects
                                                                                                        • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.
                                                                                                          Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                                                          iBA

                                                                                                          Requirements for admission:
                                                                                                        • Yukon High School Diploma
                                                                                                        • English 12 or English 12 First Peoples
                                                                                                        • And three additional Grade 12 Academic subjects
                                                                                                          • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.