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The History Minor presents an excellent opportunity to explore the past and its meaning for today's world, either across a range of areas and themes from ancient civilizations to contemporary issues in historical perspective, or through focusing on a particular region, period, or approach.

In addition to developing research, analytical, and literary skills that students need in order to take their place in the world after graduation, the Minor may be used to fulfill a number of other objectives. These include pursuing personal interests in History, enriching understanding in students' primary fields of study by deepening their historical expertise related to those fields, and providing training and expertise of direct relevance in areas where students wish to seek employment or pursue further studies.

Administered by: Department of History


To receive this Minor, you must complete six (6) courses from the following curriculum:

One (1) of the following:

HIS 401 Hearing, Seeing and Speaking History
HIS 500 History and New Media
HIS 501 Archaeology and Material Culture
HIS 502 Life Stories: Oral History
HIS 505 Locating The Past: Archival Research

Two (2) of the following*:

HIS 104 Ten Days That Shook The World
HIS 105 Inventing Popular Culture
HIS 106 Technology, Warfare and Social Change
HIS 107 Colonization, Colonialism and Independence
HIS 238 Canada to 1885: Creating a Nation
HIS 248 American History to 1877
HIS 265 Asia: Foundations and Modern Nations
HIS 275 Ancient Greece and Rome
HIS 277 Mediaeval Europe, 400-1350
HIS 279 Europe, 1715-1870
HIS 338 Canada since 1885: Defining a Nation
HIS 348 American History from 1877
HIS 377 Europe, 1350-1715
HIS 379 Europe, 1870-Present
HIS 461 Cradle of Civilization: Ancient Near East
HIS 462 Introduction to the Islamic World
HIS 490 International Relations from 1945

* Up to two HST courses (from HST 100 to HST 499) may be used in place of the two HIS courses in this group.

Three (3) of the following†:

HIS 510 Museology and Public History
HIS 541 Canada and the First World War
HIS 556 Colonial Africa
HIS 559 Ancient Egypt
HIS 561 The Ottoman Empire
HIS 590 Modern International Relations
HIS 594 War to War: World Conflict, 1900-45
HIS 610 Curating the Past
HIS 615 Film, Television and 20th C History
HIS 656 Post-Colonial Africa
HIS 661 The Middle East from 1908
HIS 662 The Mughal Empire, 1526-1764
HIS 677 Society in the High Middle Ages, 1000-1500
HIS 678 The Renaissance in Europe
HIS 683 Victorian Britain
HIS 696 The History of Terrorism
HIS 710 Museum and Heritage Management
HIS 742 Canadian Cultural Industries
HIS 755 Themes in Material Culture
HIS 762 The Making of Modern South Asia, 1757-1947
HIS 783 20th-Century Britain
HIS 790 Modern Germany
HIS 826 Science and World Exploration
HIS 828 Science, Corporations and the Environment
HIS 845 Canada in the International Sphere
HIS 854 African-American History
HIS 886 The British Empire and the World
HIS 898 A History of International Organizations

† Maximum of one HST courses (from HST 500 to HST 899) may be used in place of an HIS course in this group.

HST courses may not be used in place of HIS 401, HIS 500, HIS 501, HIS 502 or HIS 505.


Please see Senate Policy 2, Section 7.4 for further information about Minors.