What is history?

Everything we see around us of human construction, from constitutions to popular culture, is a product of our history. The discipline of history provides an opportunity to develop research and writing skills through the study of fascinating aspects of our past.

The study of history fosters a critical understanding of the past as it relates to our present-day experience. From the depth of recorded history, this program constructs a timeline of human events that teaches us where we came from and illuminates where we are going.


History at Memorial

Our department sees history as a foundational discipline within the liberal arts and social science traditions, one that develops key research, writing and analytical skills, but also promotes knowledge and memory of the past as essential to an engaged citizenry.


Sample courses and degree map

HIST 2065 - History of War and Society from 1789 to Present
HIST 3460 - British History since 1714
HIST 3570 - The Modern Middle East

History degree map

Degree maps are navigational tools, designed to help you make the right choices throughout your Bachelor of Arts degree. They cover information pertaining to your studies, provide study tips, career guidance, suggestions for involvement, advice on go abroad activities and on your well being.


Career opportunities

History students develop critical thinking, research and writing skills that will prepare them for many types of careers. Many of our students have gone on to law school, entered the heritage sector, or pursued careers in such professional areas as education, libraries and archives or the civil service.


Program Information

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences




Bachelor of Arts


St. John's

Honours Option:


Co-op Available:



4 years


Fall, winter and spring semesters

Application Deadline:

Applications are considered on a rolling basis. Students are encouraged to apply by:

  • March 1 for fall admission
  • Oct. 1 for winter admission
  • Feb. 1 for spring admission

Supplementary Application:



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