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History Program Checklist

You can take History as a single major, or as a combined major or minor with another program. You can view the program requirements for these options to see what you need to take to complete each. 

There are also a number of options you can take in addition to your History major or minor.

A Program to Get You Ready for the Future

Our History department offers a well-structured program designed to assure a breadth and depth of learning that will help you adapt to the rapidly changing modern world. Each year has its own academic objectives, and each year builds on the preceding year. In addition, the department offers a number of specialized travel and digital skills-building courses that are designed to enhance the Laurier study experience and build resumes. 

Travel Courses

Our selection of field courses, often taught in collaboration with the Laurier Centre for Military, Strategic and Disarmament Studies, are based on decades of providing experiential-learning travel course instruction to hundreds of students. Courses are led by full-time Laurier faculty, who take small groups of students to study abroad at sites of historical importance. In recent years, faculty have led tours to Russia, France and China.

Digital Skills Courses

Our department is the administrative home of the Faculty of Arts' Applied Digital Option, which combines the humanities and social sciences with the latest digital technologies. In our digital courses, you'll learn to use programs and apps to carry out research, create and edit documentary films, publish open source texts, and build websites.

Specialized Themes

Our program is built around specialized themes and focused historical research. Most History courses, from first to third year, involve lecture and discussion components. In third and fourth years, we work to provide small class sizes. Upper-level courses cover topics such as American Protest Music; Crime, Sex and Scandal in Victorian England; and the History of International Relations.

Fourth-Year Seminars

Fourth-year courses are seminars that represent the crowning experience of our honours History program. These courses promote discussion of historical literature and research on specific historical periods and themes. The classes are small and have an optimal size of about 15 students. The seminars are double-weighted, which allows you to focus your attention on these engaging classes, reducing the number of courses you take in fourth year while maintaining your credit load. The research terms of the seminars give you an opportunity to engage in your own project (usually based on primary sources), and to really get to know your professors.


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