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Athabasca University

History Major

Regulations effective September 1, 2019.

Graduates of the BA major in History will have the ability to:

  • situate contemporary events in broader historical contexts
  • explain changing social attitudes as the product of specific contexts and events
  • recognize the ways in which knowledge is socially constructed and sanctioned
  • evaluate information for its relevance and reliability
  • articulate logical arguments based on relevant information
  • identify multiple possible explanations for events
  • interpret historical evidence carefully and assess for possible bias.

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Program Requirements

Students complete the program regulations in effect at the time of their enrolment.

Requirements in addition to the general program requirements for the 4-year BA with Major:

  1. 45 credits in designated History major courses including 30 senior (300/400) level credits (a minimum of 12, 400-level credits).
  2. 6 junior (200) level credits in Canadian history (HIST 224, HIST 225).
  3. A minimum of 6 junior (200) level credits in European or world history (HIST 201, 202, 209, 210, 216).
  4. A minimum of 6 senior (300/400) level credits in European history (HIST 304, 327, 371, 372, 373407,486, 492, HIST/GLST 384, HIST/HUMN/CLAS 309, HIST/HUMN/CLAS 312, and HIST/HUMN/RELS 313).
  5. A minimum of 6 senior (300/400) level credits in North American history.
  6. A minimum of 6 senior-level credits in the history of areas of the world other than North America or Europe.

Electives (15 credits)


Information effective Sept. 1, 2019 to Aug. 31, 2020.

Updated December 09 2019 by laurab

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