Department of History

Department Website:

Department Email:

Departmental Policy

To obtain a major in history, students must complete at least forty-two (42) credit hours in history, as follows:

a. six (6) credit hours but no more than twelve (12) credit hours at the 1000 level;

b. HIST 3000 The Discipline of History;

c. the remaining credit hours must be at the 2000 or 3000 level or above; and

d. at least six (6) credit hours at the 4000 level.

Note: A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00 is required for courses designated for a major (see the general regulations concerning Arts Degree requirements).

All prospective honours students should refer to the section of this Calendar pertaining to honours degrees and apply to the Registrar for enrolment in that program after completing eighteen (18) credit hours or more of History courses.

To obtain an honours degree in History, students must satisfy the requirements of the major program. They must also complete:

a. satisfy the requirement of the Major program;

b. complete twelve (12) credit hours above the 1000 level of which at least nine (9) are at the 4000 level, and

c. complete HIST 4500 The Honours Seminar.

*Please note: A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 is required to qualify for the Honours program and to graduate with Honours.

All students majoring in history are strongly advised to take twelve (12) credit hours in a foreign language. In the case of students concentrating in Canadian history, French is specified as the recommended language.

To minor in History, students are expected to follow the general requirements for a minor as outlined in Faculty of Arts Regulation 8, Section 3 of this Calendar.

Applied History explores the uses of history in everyday life as seen, for example, in films, on the internet, museums, heritage sites, archives, archeological digs, and public monuments. Students gain an understanding of the scholarly contributions of multiple disciplines. Courses within this minor emphasize the practical application of the study of history in the community with a focus on experiential learning. Students are provided with training and opportunities outside of the classroom with field trips to museums and monuments, within the digital humanities, and with new forms of media. The Applied History minor puts into practice the skills of understanding local, national, racial, gender and cultural identities through heritage sites, tourism and marketing.

An Applied History minor consists of at least twenty-four (24) credit hours: fifteen (15) credits in History, and nine (9) credits from an approved list of courses offered by Anthropology, Classics and Geography. Students should consult each department’s regulations regarding prerequisites.

ANTH 3373: Fieldwork in Archaeology
ANTH 3374: Archaeology Laboratory
ANTH 3379: The Archaeology of Acadia
ANTH 3573: Archaeology of Halifax
ANTH 3574: Public Archaeology
ANTH 3467: Cultural Resource Management (CRM) Archaeology
ANTH 4462: Method and Theory in Historical Archaeology

CLAS 1004: Introduction to Archaeological Method and Theory
CLAS 3610: Field Study in Roman Archaeology
CLAS 4610: Advanced Field Study in Roman Archaeology
CLAS 4611: Advanced Laboratory Methods in Roman Archaeology

GEOG 2312: Urban Geography
GEOG 2349: Cultural Geography
GEOG 4412: Urban History and Preservation
GEOG 4449: Tourist Geographies

HIST 1000: Making History
HIST 2200: History of Media and Communications in Europe
HIST 2205: Introduction to Art History
HIST/ACST/ENGL 2310: Rethinking Rural Nova Scotia
HIST/ACST 2311: Inheriting Atlantic Canada: The Cultural Past
HIST 3403: The Invention of Canada
HIST 3417: War and Memory in the Twentieth Century
HIST 3475: Indigenous and Settler Histories
HIST 3451: Film and History
HIST 3500: History Field Course
HIST / CLAS 3505: Museum Studies
HIST 3510: History of Tourism in North America
HIST 4301: Seminar in Community Leadership
HIST 4501: Public History
HIST 4572: Memories of WWII in Asia

In addition to the programs cited above, information on a Minor in British Studies, may be found in the British Studies section in Section 4 of this Academic Calendar.

To obtain a concentration in History in partial fulfillment of the B.A. General degree (i.e., one with Double Arts Concentrations), a minimum of twenty-four (24) credit hours in HIST is required with 18 or more credit hours at the 2000
level or above; at least 3 credit hours of which must be taken at the 4000 level; also a minimum grade point average of 2.00. Further details are available from the chairperson.

Cross-Listed Courses
Certain courses offered by the Departments of Modern Languages and Classics, Anthropology, and Religious Studies may, in special circumstances, be cross-listed and counted in a student’s History concentration. In such cases, the student must obtain the Department’s permission.

Graduate Students
Graduate students should refer to the material entitled “Master of Arts in History Degree,” in the Graduate Academic Calendar.

General Course Description

a. History courses numbered at the 1000 level are survey courses. They are normally lecture courses; some combine lectures with small tutorial group meetings.

b. 2000 and 3000-level courses are usually structured to include both lectures and seminars.

c. History courses at the 4000-level courses are normally seminar courses designed for advanced work by history majors and honours.

d. With regard to renumbered or restructured courses, students are advised that they are not eligible to take a course for credit if they already have a credit for a comparable course, even if that course was taken at a different level.