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History (BA)

 waterloo | Also available in brantford

History is the study of the thoughts, actions and achievements of human beings over time. It communicates a profound and practical understanding of how our world came into being. Our program encourages you to specialize in what interests you, whether it’s cultural or art history, social or military history, or the history of crime or politics. Laurier’s History department teaches all periods from ancient to modern and is especially strong in the following topics:

  • Global history (both regional and transnational courses).
  • War and its impact.
  • Social, cultural and gender history.
  • Innovative thematic courses (music, crime, business).

Laurier’s History department focuses on developing analytical and communication skills. These skills are invaluable in such varied professions as law, education, journalism and public and international service. We also offer courses where we teach you to use digital applications such as website design, open source publishing and documentary video creation.

You can also apply for a BA+MA in History to receive two conditional offers of admission: one to undergraduate studies (BA) in History, and one to graduate studies (MA) in History.

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Program Highlights

  • Many of our classes – including first-year classes – have small weekly tutorials, and our faculty are devoted to student success.
  • You’ll develop critical skills, and global and cultural understanding.
  • Study abroad as part of your coursework by taking travel courses, such as the War and Memory summer course, where you’ll visit memorials and battlefields across Europe.
  • Dive straight into a Master of Arts (MA) in History after completing your Bachelor of Arts (BA): apply for our BA+MA program.
  • Our program is incredibly flexible, encouraging interdisciplinarity.
  • The History department is the administrative home of the Faculty of Arts’ Applied Digital Option, in which you'll learn to use programs and apps to carry out research, create and edit documentary films, publish open source texts, and build websites.
  • Check out options to enhance your degree.

Sample Courses

  • Great Battles in History
  • The History of Madness
  • The History of International Relations
  • Ten Moments in the Making of the Modern Middle East
  • Show Business: An American History
  • Canadian-American Relations
  • War in Asia
  • Golden Age Spain
  • Global Human Rights


  • Admission range of mid-70s.
  • English at 60%.
  • More admission requirements are available in our admissions toolkit.

International Baccalaureate Requirements

  • HL or SL English at 3.
  • IB Minimum Score: 26.


Careers open to our graduates include:

  • Advertising and promotions manager
  • Director of communications
  • Diversity officer
  • Foreign service officer
  • Lawyer
  • Public policy advisor
  • Historical site administrator
  • Librarian
  • Museum curator
  • Politician
  • Teacher

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