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Please note: 2019/2020 tuition amounts and updated grade ranges will be added to the program pages as they become available.

History (BA (Hons))

Is It for You?

Explore the diversity and complexity of the human experience from ancient societies up to the 21st century. Study historical debates and engage with documents, artifacts, stories and digital media. Understand the past and develop the analytical and communications skills you need to shape the future.

This is one of 10 bachelor of arts programs that share a one-year foundation. Double major options available after first year: history and English, or history and philosophy.

 Faculty
Faculty of Arts

 Program Format(s)
Full Time: Four Year

 Degree Earned
Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

 Grade Range

 Non-Academic Requirements

 Co-op Option

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*Actual minimum grade ranges required for Fall 2019 admission/wait list consideration will be determined based on grades and qualifications presented by the applicant pool as they become available. Required grade ranges may fluctuate from year to year (up or down) as a result of competition. Applicants not educated in Ontario may present the equivalent of the Ontario requirements. Ryerson reserves the right to determine equivalency at its sole discretion.

"The History program hasn’t just influenced my future academic and career plans, it made them. By the end of my first year not only did I know I wanted to stay with History, but I knew becoming a professor was my calling. I almost couldn’t believe my luck. The place I thought would be a waiting area to the rest of my life was actually where I was meant to be all along."

Grace Vanvliet
Student, History

"The decision to pursue a degree in history at Ryerson’s amazing downtown campus was without a doubt the right choice. The growth I have made as a student and a world citizen is something I cherish and definitely due in large part to the curriculum here at Ryerson."

Mark Unwin Guest Blog: Why Rye History?

Distinctive Learning

Work placements; museum and curatorial courses and practicums; international exchange programs; research and analytical skills; membership in the Ryerson History Society and other organizations.

After Graduation

With a foundation in historical methods, critical thinking and communication skills, apply insights into social and cultural practices: museums, historic sites and heritage agencies; creative industries, business, government and non-profits; public relations, international agencies and national defence; research in media, film, law and heritage. Pursue teachers’ college or graduate studies in history or law, teaching, global studies, information management or museum and archival studies.

What You Need to Know

Domestic Fees Range: $7,641 - $7,856
International Fees Range: $25,989 - $26,039

For detailed fees information visit Fees by Program.

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with a minimum of six Grade 12 U or M courses including the following program specific requirements.

Typically, a minimum overall average of 70% establishes eligibility for admission consideration; subject to competition individual programs may require higher pre-requisite grades and/or higher overall averages:

  • a minimum grade of 70% or higher will be required in Grade 12 U English/Anglais (ENG4U/EAE4U preferred).

Academic admission requirements for all other applicants are available at:
Admission Requirements.

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