History (BA Program)

Charles Jago, Professor Emeritus
Gordon Martel, Professor Emeritus
William Morrison, Professor Emeritus

Theodore Binnema, Professor and Chair
Jonathan Swainger, Professor
Jacqueline Holler, Associate Professor
Dana Wessell LIghtfoot, Associate Professor
Benjamin Bryce, Assistant Professor

Website: http://www.unbc.ca/history 

Tracing the origins of their discipline to the Ancient Greek scholar Herodotus (fifth century B.C.E.), historians examine the records of the human past, with the goal of understanding change over time.  We are particularly interested in establishing cause and effect in the patterns of how society, politics, economies, culture, identity, and thought developed.  Traditionally, historians have examined prominent individuals or critical events in politics, warfare, diplomacy, economics and intellectual activity.  But in recent decades, the scope of historical study has expanded to encompass a wide range of phenomena and a broad spectrum of society.  Women’s roles in history, the daily life of ordinary men and women in the past, and the impact of imperialism and colonialism are just a few of the topics that have come under intense historical scrutiny in recent years.  Of particular interest to the current generation of historians are the relationship of the individual to society; encounters between diverse cultures; the dynamics of class, race, and gender; and the expression of power and authority (political, social, or cultural).

The study of history has direct relevance on the present.  It provides an enlightening perspective on the cultures and societies of the past and on how the ideals, institutions, and issues of today arose and evolved over time.  The discipline of History also requires intellectual rigour, and cultivates critical thinking, creative analysis, and both oral and written communication skills.  History majors are highly sought after in fields such as law, education, journalism, business, government service, and “public history” (i.e., museums, historical sites, and archives).  A History major is also an ideal foundation for graduate study in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Major in History

A degree in History requires students to complete 54 credit hours of History courses, at least 30 credit hours of which must be upper-division courses.

The minimum requirement for completion of a Bachelor of Arts with a major in History is 120 credit hours.

Program Requirements

Lower-Division Requirement

100 and 200 Level
HIST 190-3World History to 1550
HIST 191-3World History since 1550
Twelve additional credit hours in 200-level History courses.

Upper-Division Requirement

300 and 400 Level
HIST 300-3Historiography: The Nature of the Historical Discipline
Eighteen credit hours of History at the 300 level, in addition to HIST 300-3
Nine credit hours of History at the 400 level. 

Subject Requirement

Six additional credit hours of History at any level to ensure completion of 54 credit hours of History in total.

Elective and Academic Breadth Requirement
Electives at any level in any subject sufficient to ensure completion of a minimum of 120 credit hours, including any additional credit hours necessary to meet the Academic Breadth requirement of the University (see Academic Regulation 15).

BA Honours - History

The BA Honours - History provides a higher level of training and specialization for students planning to proceed to postgraduate work or professional schools. The program of study is offered to students majoring in history who have completed their first two years (60 credit hours).

In order to enter the honours degree program, students must have completed HIST 190-3 World History to 1550 and HIST 191-3 World History since 1550; 12 credit hours in 200-level history courses;  HIST 300-3 Historiography: The Nature of the Historical Discipline; and have attained a Cumulative GPA of no less than 3.33 upon completion of second year (i.e., 60 credit hours).
Having fulfilled the requirements of admission to the History honours degree program, students must then complete 18 credit hours in 300-level history courses;  15 credit hours in 400-level history courses;  and 12 credit hours in four additional history courses designed for honours students, for a total of 66 credit hours as a component of an undergraduate degree totalling 120 credit hours.  These honours history courses are designed to be taken in the sequence indicated, which can be altered only under exceptional circumstances and with the permission of the Chair:

HIST 501-3Honours Directed Readings (September Term of third year)
HIST 500-3
Historiography: Contemporary Theories and Methods
(January Term of third year)
HIST 505-6Honours Thesis (September & January Term of fourth year)

A Cumulative GPA of not less than 3.33 must be maintained while in the honours program.
The minimum requirement for completion of a BA Honours - History  is 120 credit hours.

Joint Major in English/History

See Calendar entry under English

Joint Major in History/Political Science

The minimum requirement for completion of a Bachelor of Arts with a Joint Major in History and Political Science is 120 credit hours.

Program Requirements

Lower-Division Requirement
HIST 190-3World History to 1550
HIST 191-3World History since 1550
POLS 100-3Contemporary Political Issues
    or STAT 240-3
Statistics for the Social and Management Sciences
Basic Statistics 
POLS 200-3Canadian Government and Politics
POLS 202-3Canada in Comparative Perspective
POLS 270-3Political Philosophy: Plato to Locke
Research and Writing for Political Science 

Nine credit hours of History at the 100 or 200 level.

Upper Division Requirement
HIST 300-3Historiography: The Nature of the Historical Discipline
POLS 303-3Democracy and Democratization
POLS 320-3Canadian Politics and Policy
POLS 370-3Political Philosophy: Locke to Marx

Nine credit hours in Political Science at the 400 level.

Eighteen credit hours in History at the 300 or 400 level.

Elective and Academic Breadth Requirement

Electives at any level in any subject sufficient to ensure completion of a minimum of 120 credit hours, including any additional credit hours necessary to meet the Academic Breadth requirement of the University (see Academic Regulation 15).

Joint Major in History/Women's Studies

The minimum requirement for completion of a Bachelor of Arts with a Joint Major in History and Women's Studies is 120 credit hours.

Program Requirements

Lower Division Requirement
HIST 190-3World History to 1550
HIST 191-3World History since 1550
Introduction to Women's Studies 

Six additional credit hours of History at the 100 or 200 level.

Six additional credit hours of Women's Studies at the 100 or 200 level.

Upper-Division Requirement
WMST 302-3Women and the Contemporary World
Qualitative Research Methods 
HIST 300-3Historiography: The Nature of the Historical Discipline
Women in Canada
History of Feminism
An Introduction to the History of Gender 
HIST 453 (3-6)Topics in History of Gender
HIST 454 (3-6)Topics in Women's History
Nine additional credit hours of History at the 300 or 400 level.

Additional Requirement

Twelve additional credit hours selected from the following:

Lesbian and Bisexual Lives 
Contemporary Women's Writings in an International Frame
Gender and Film
Indigenous Women:  Perspectives 
Cultural Studies:  Race, Gender, Representation
Feminist Political Philosophy
Contemporary Feminist Theories
 Topics in Aboriginal Women's Studies
Contemporary Women's Literature
Selected Topics 
ANTH 401-3Anthropological Perspectives on Inequality
ANTH 406-3Feminist Perspectives in Anthropology
COMM 333-3Women in Organizations
ECON 301-3Women and the Economy
ENVS 309-3Women and Environmental Studies
Race, Class, Gender, Power 
INTS 308-3Gender and International Studies
Women and Health 
Women in the Human Services 
Gender and Sexuality

Elective and Academic Breadth Requirement

Electives at any level in any subject sufficient to ensure completion of a minimum of 120 credit hours, including any additional credit hours necessary to meet the Academic Breadth requirement of the University (see Academic Regulation 15).

Minor in History

The minor in History provides students with an understanding of how to evaluate historical sources and historical writings and with specialized knowledge of historical processes in fields of the student's choosing.

The minor in History requires students to take at least 24 credit hours in History, of which 18 must be upper-division. A maximum of two courses (6 credit hours) used to fulfill program requirements for a major or another minor may also be used to fulfill requirements for a minor in History.

Program Requirements

HIST 190-3World History to 1550
HIST 191-3World History since 1550
HIST 300-3Historiography: The Nature of the Historical Discipline

Fifteen additional credit hours of 300- or 400-level History courses.