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What can I do with a BA in History?

Can I do a Minor in History?

What are the course requirements for History BA students?

Are there any awards for History students?

I’m struggling with my academic work. Where can I get help on campus?

I’m experiencing personal difficulties. Where can I get support on campus?

I’m not sure what to do after I finish my BA. Where can I get information about careers and graduate schools?

How can I get involved in activities outside my classes?

Where can I learn more about international exchange and travel opportunities?

I’m on Academic Probation. What does that mean?

How can I appeal one of my grades?

How much does it cost to study at Ryerson?

How do I transfer credits to Ryerson from another university or a college?

What can I do with a BA in History?

Almost anything! By developing strong critical thinking, communication, and cultural awareness skills, you will open the door to many careers. For example:

  • Work in business, the creative industries, government, foreign service, international agencies or non-governmental organizations, military or national defence.
  • Become a professional researcher in fields such as media, film, law, and heritage.
  • Manage heritage sites or a cultural agency.
  • Pursue further education in fields such as law, library and information management, teaching, advertising, human resources, business, journalism, museum curation or management.

For more information on the value of a BA in History, click here.

For individual career counselling and group workshops, contact the Faculty of Arts Careers.

Can I do a Minor in History?

You can complete a 6-credit Minor in History within your main degree program

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What are the course requirements for History BA students?

For History curriculum, click here.

You can also review the Undergraduate Calendar for curriculum information.

Are there any awards for History students?

Yes! History students are eligible for a number of awards. Some awards, such as “Year Awards,” are based on academic performance. Others, such as the Doug Webb Award and the Maurice Pope Scholarship, require you to complete a short application form.

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I’m struggling with my academic work. Where can I get help on campus?

There are many resources on campus to assist you. They’re all free and they're here to help you succeed:

  • Your professors are eager to help you succeed academically. If you feel you are struggling in any of your courses, or if you are keen to improve your grades, meet with your professors to discuss how you can perform to your full potential. Don’t be afraid to talk to your professors during their office hours or by appointment for more clarification and assistance with any assignment. You are also always welcome to discuss academic issues with the Undergraduate Program Director, Dr. Jennifer Hubbard and the Undergraduate Program Administrator, Anne-Marie Donovan, any time.
  • Learning Success offers workshops and online tutorials to help you improve your academic performance. Topics include critical reading, note-taking, test preparation and test anxiety, and time management.
  • The Writing Centre offers individual consultations, handouts, and workshops on all aspects of university-level writing.
  • The Library offers free one-hour workshops to improve your ability to find and integrate outside sources required for your essays.
  • English Language Support provides individual consultations, conversation programs, and workshops for students who want to improve their communication and reading skills in English. You can receive support in a variety of formats, including Distance Learning.
  • The Academic Accommodation Services supports students with permanent and temporary disabilities (e.g., learning disabilities, sensory impairments, ADHD, mental health, medical and mobility issues). For more information, call 416-979-5290 or visit www.ryerson.ca/studentservices/accesscentre.
  • The Math Assistance Centre offers tutorials and drop-in individual tutoring to assist students in math-related courses.

I’m experiencing personal difficulties. Where can I get support on campus?

The Faculty of Arts Personal Counsellor, Ruth Frolic, is available for confidential, one-on-one counselling about school-related issues that you can no longer handle on your own (e.g., making connections with others at Ryerson, finding motivation) or about personal difficulties you may be experiencing (such as family relationships, loss, traumatic experiences, depression, anxiety, alcohol or drug use, or other challenges). To book an individual confidential appointment, please call 416-979-5195.

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I’m not sure what to do after I finish my BA. Where can I get information about careers and graduate schools?

The Undergraduate Program Director is happy to discuss many career options, as are your course instructors. You can also attend career events hosted by the department, the Faculty of Arts, and the university.

The Faculty of Arts Career Counsellor, Sonny Wong, offers individual, confidential counselling and workshops to assist you with many aspects of educational and career planning, such as clarifying your degree choice and career goals, planning for graduate/professional schools or work, and more. To book an individual appointment with Sonny, call 416-979-5000, ext. 2141.

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If you are thinking about studying History or another subject at the Masters level, there are general tips here.

If you are thinking about becoming a teacher, you can read more here.

How can I get involved in activities outside my classes?

The Faculty of Arts Student Experience Centre can help you find opportunities to enrich your undergraduate experience. The centre offers a wide range of programs and services to help you make lasting connections, get engaged in campus and community life, learn through experience, and achieve your academic, personal, and career goals through volunteer opportunities, mentoring, student project grants, international exchanges – and much more.

Where can I learn more about international exchange and travel opportunities?

Read more about exchange programs here.

History students are also welcome to join student-led international travel programs such as Alternative Spring Break (ASB). For more information about ASB, email asbryersonu@gmail.com or check out the ASB website.

I’m on Academic Probation. What does that mean?

If your cumulative GPA (CGPA) falls below 1.67 at the end of any semester, you will be assigned a Probationary Academic Standing. To help you return to “Clear” academic standing, you will be required to meet with the Undergraduate Program Administrator, Anne-Marie Donovan, to discuss your situation, review your course selections, and sign a Probationary Contract. You’ll also get access to supports to help you identify the challenges you are facing in your academic work, and workshops and other resources to help you get back on track.

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How can I appeal one of my grades?

You should always begin by discussing any concerns about your grades with your course instructors. If your concern is not resolved informally, you may wish to proceed to a formal grade appeal. Refer to Ryerson’s Undergraduate Consideration and Appeals Policy (Policy #134) for the grounds for filing an academic appeal and detailed information on the appeals process. You may also consult with a Ryerson Students' Union Student Advocate (email: advocacy@rsuonline.ca) for information on preparing an appeal.

How much does it cost to study at Ryerson?

Current fees and financial information are available here: https://www.ryerson.ca/currentstudents/fees_finances/detail/  

How do I transfer credits to Ryerson from another university or a college?

If you have credits from another university or college that you would like to transfer to Ryerson, please talk to our Undergraduate Program Administrator and follow these links: