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History (BA (Hons))

"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

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Is It for You?

Understanding the past allows us to explore the diversity and complexity of the human experience. In this program, you’ll study historical debates and engage with documents, artifacts, stories and digital media from ancient societies up to the 21st century. Experiential learning opportunities include museum and curatorial courses and practicums, work placements and international exchange programs. Participation and membership in the Ryerson History Society will also encourage community building and development of leadership skills that allow you 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.

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What You Need to Know

 Faculty
Faculty of Arts

 Program Format(s)
Full Time: Four Year

 Degree Earned
Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

 Grade Range
72-74%*

 Non-Academic Requirements
None

 Experiential Learning
Thesis course

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*Actual minimum grade ranges required for fall 2020 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.

Tuition and Fees 2019/2020

Domestic Fees Range: $7,046 - $7,126
International Fees Range: $27,282 - $27,627

For detailed fees information visit Fees by Program.

Academic Requirements

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.

After Graduation

With a foundation in historical methods, critical thinking and communication skills, you are prepared to apply insights into social and cultural practices: museums, historic sites, libraries; creative industries, business, government and non-profits; public relations, national defence; research, policy and development in media, film, law and heritage. You may work as a conservator, curator, archivist, exhibition designer, librarian, writer, journalist, rights and reproductions assistant, researcher, policy analyst, community engagement coordinator, business consultant, international relations officer or development associate. You may choose to pursue teachers’ college or graduate studies in history, law, teaching, global studies, information management or museum and archival studies.

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