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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
April 23, 2014
 
 
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Undergraduate Program Requirements



Summary of Undergraduate Program Requirements

The following summaries of program requirements in history are intended to assist students with their selection of courses. Students with specific enquiries about whether their own course selection meets program requirements should consult the Department's Undergraduate Officer. The summaries here present in abbreviated form descriptions that are available in the University Calendar. Should there appear to be a discrepancy between the summaries here and the Calendar regulations, the latter statements apply. Don't forget your GPA matters. If you want to learn how to calculate your GPA,l please consult this handy guide (click here) developed by the Office of the Registrar. You may also wish to consult the Program Progression Requirements.

Courses and Credits
The Department offers two-term courses covering the 24 weeks of the Fall and Winter semesters, and it also offers one-term or 12-week courses.  Two-term courses (designated by a *) count as 1.0 credit, and one-term courses count as one-half (0.5) credit.

Junior Courses
A "junior course" refers to a 100-level offering. Students registering for their first History courses will normally choose 1.0 credit at the 100-level.   Students in an Honours program may count no more than six 100-level credits toward their degree. Students in a General program may count no more than seven 100-level credits toward their degree.


Senior Courses
A "senior course" refers to a 200-, 300-, or 400-level offering. Students are advised to complete at least 2.0 credits at the 200-level before registering in a 300-level course.


Honours BA History (Single Honours)

The Honours History program consists of 20.0 credits. A minimum of 11.0 of these 20.0 credits must be in History. No more than 6.0 of the 20.0 credits required for the degree may be at the 100 level, and one of these junior credits must be in History. A minimum of 10.0 History credits at the senior level (200-, 300-, or 400-level) is required for the degree, and these senior credits must fulfill the following area requirements:

1.0 credit Canadian history (courses that count towards this requirement are marked {C})
1.0 credit Pre-Modern history (courses that count towards this requirement are marked {P})
1.0 credit Global history area (courses that count towards this requirement are marked {G})

Year 1
1.0 credit of 100 level History

Year 2
3.0 credits of 200 level History

Year 3
2.0 credits of 300 level History
2.0 credits of 200 or 300 level History

Year 4
1.0 credit of 300 level History
1.0 credit of 400 level History Reading Seminar
1.0 credit of 400 level History Research Seminar

Honours BA in Combination with Another Honours Program

The combined Honours History program consists of 20.0 credits. Not more than 6.0 of these may be at the 100 level, and 1.0 of these must be in History.
A minimum of 6.0 History credits at the senior level is required, and must include:

1.0 senior Canadian history credit: (courses that count towards this requirement are marked {C})
1.0 senior credit of Pre-modern history (courses that count towards this requirement are marked {P})
1.0 credit from the Global history area (courses that count towards this requirement are marked {G})

Year 1
1.0 credit of 100 level History 

Year 2
2.0 credits of 200 level History

Year 3
2.0 credits of 300 level History

Year 4
1.0 credit of 400 level History Reading Seminar
1.0 credit of 400 level History Research Seminar

History Research Specialization Option

The History Research Specialization Option is available only to Honors BA History (Single Honors) students. Students normally apply at the end of Year 2. Submit the Program Selection Form on the Office of the Registrar website. Entry into the program is competitive and decisions are based on the applicant's History GPA as of April 30.

To be eligible, a student must have a minimum GPA of 9.0 in all History courses prior to admission. To proceed in and graduate with the Option, students must maintain a minimum GPA of 9.0 in all History courses.

The History Research Specialization includes HI398 (normally completed in Year 3) and a minimum of 4.0 credits of 400 level History courses.

Year 3
1.5 credits of 300 level History
0.5 credit of HI 398
1.0 credits of 200 or 300 level History

Year 4
2.0 credits of 400 level History Readings Seminars
2.0 credits of 400 level History Research Seminars

History Minor

The History minor consists of 3.0 credits. No more than 1.0 of these 3.0 credits may be at the 100-level. Courses taken for the History minor must meet the following requirements:

1.0 credit must be from among Canadian history courses {C}


Students who started their History program in 2001 or earlier: Please consult the History Department's Undergraduate Officer for information on program requirements.