The curriculum builds on a foundational year of interdisciplinary study in the Humanities and Social Sciences, followed by three years of more specialized study in History and Sociology. Students take a combination of 13 required and elective courses in History and 13 required and elective courses in Sociology, as well as 6 liberal studies courses.
Semesters One and Two: The first year is a Common Arts Platform, which is shared with the BA programs in Criminology, English, Environment and Urban Sustainability, Geographic Analysis, History, Language and Intercultural Relations, Philosophy, Politics and Governance, Psychology, and Sociology. They develop foundational understandings of the discipline through two introductory courses in each of History and Sociology. Students also acquire skills and knowledge in two foundational courses, Academic Writing and Research, and Critical Thinking, and choose additional electives from a broad range of areas to gain a broad, interdisciplinary base of knowledge, skills, and methodologies.
Semesters Three and Four: In second year, students are provided with foundational tools in theory and research methods through a Common Arts Platform course, Research Design and Qualitative Methods, an introductory course in quantitative data analysis, classical sociological theory, and a first course in Historian’s Craft. Students also acquire foundational knowledge related to the disciplines through courses in Indigenous perspectives on Canada, the city of Toronto, and elective courses related to equity and diversity and a range of historical topics.
Semesters Five and Six: In the third year, students develop their methodological skills through courses in archival research and advanced social research. More advanced courses in sociological theory and Historian’s craft allow students to sharpen their disciplinary understanding. Students will have the opportunity to put theories and research methods into practice by involvement in research projects seeking to discover something new about the world, and through elective courses in areas of study that interest them.
Semesters Seven and Eight: In their final year of study, students take two senior seminar courses (one seminar and a thesis course), as well as a senior capstone course in Sociology, where they will consider their studies in relation to future goals and plans. Elective offerings allow students to solidify their historical and sociological expertise and sharpen professional competence.