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History (BA)

History (BA)

waterloo  waterloo | Also available in brantford

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History communicates a profound understanding of how our world came into being.

At Laurier, we study ordinary and exceptional people living in many different places and conditions, from the ancient past to modern times.

Program Highlights

  • co-op-icon.jpgCo-op is available (apply after first year).
  • Many classes, including first-year courses, have small weekly tutorials.
  • There are no required courses in the program; you can work in the areas of history that interest you most.
  • 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.
  • Our program is divided into thematic "Tracks": Social Issues and Globalization; Politics, Power and Law; Culture; The Arts and Society; and Peace and War Studies.
  • We're 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.

First-Year Courses

1.0 credit from:

  • War, Conflict & Rebellion in Late Antiquity, 200-730

  • War, Conflict & Rebellion in the Middle Ages, 730-1500 

  • Europe Transformed: Empire, Revolution and War, 1870-1918 

  • Age of Extremes: Europe's 20th Century 

  • The History of Alcohol  

  • Problems in Colonial Canadian History 

  • Problems in Modern Canadian History 

  • Aviation in North America 

  • Problems in United States History 

  • Topics in North American History to the 1860s 

  • Topics in North American History from the 1860s 

  • Ancient History in a Global Context 

  • Great Battles in History 

  • History Detectives 

  • Business History 

  • War and Society in the Western World 

  • Pirates! A World History 

  • Revolution in the Modern World 

  • Art from the Renaissance to the Present 

  • Problems in Global History Since 1945 

  • Ancient Heroes: Story and Tradition 

  • History and Popular Culture in the Modern World 

  • The Roots of Now: Modern World History 

In addition, you'll choose 4.0 elective credits in courses that interest you. For detailed information, visit Program Requirements. 

Admission Requirements

We encourage applicants of all academic backgrounds to apply.

Ontario High School Curriculum

  • Minimum admission range: low 70s.
  • Competitive admission range, based on last year’s admitted students: low 80s.
  • English at 60%.

Other Curriculums

Visit our admission requirements section to find specific requirements for international curriculums, other Canadian curriculums, transfer students and more.

Design Your Degree

These are a few popular academic opportunities that allow you to dive deeper into your major area of study or broaden your knowledge:

  • Research Specialization
  • Applied Digital Option
  • Music and Cultural History Option
  • Legal Studies Option
  • Management Option

Check out other options to enhance your degree.

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