Course Sequence - Honours BA with major in History

The study of history promotes a better understanding of how societies work, the factors that bring them together and set them apart, and the events that shape their values and identity. It also helps to explain how different political and legal systems came into being and how economic and geographical conditions affect the way in which countries evolve. Students can choose from a wide variety of courses in Canadian, American, European and world history and a diverse array of themes, including gender, race, ideology, diplomacy and war.


The History program at the University of Ottawa leads to an honours bachelor’s degree, which requires the equivalent of four years of university studies and 120 credits (40 courses).

Bachelor’s degree

  • Honours BA with Major in History C, FI


  • Minor in History

FI French Immersion stream available.

Language of instruction

These programs are offered in English and in French.


History graduates are highly valued for their research skills. These programs lead to careers such as historian, research consultant, museum curator and teacher. They are also an excellent preparation for graduate studies.

What can I do with my studies?

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1 12 credits must be at the 3000 or 4000 level.

3 credits = 1 course

  Total 1st year 2nd year 3rd year 4th year

120 credits 

(40 courses)

30 credits

(10 courses)

30 credits

(10 courses)

30 credits

(10 courses)

30 credits

(10 courses)

Core courses

12 credits

(4 courses)





First module

Major in History 

42 credits

(14 courses)

6 credits from:
HIS1101 The Making of Canada
HIS1110 The Twentieth-Century World to 1945
HIS1111 The Twentieth-Century World from 1945
HIS1120 What is Europe? (16th-21st Century)

3 credits in Methodology from:
HIS2100 The Historian's Craft
HIS2197 Philosophy of History
HIS2390 Theory and Practice of Micro-History
HIS2391 History and Theory






6 optional HIS credits at the 4000 level including at least one seminar

3 HIS credits at the 2000 or 3000 level in each of the following categories: Canadian History (C), History of the United States (A), European History (E), Non-Western History (N)

15 optional HIS credits at the 2000 level and above

Minor or major

42 credits (14 courses)


30 credits (10 courses)

Mandatory major or minor added after first year.
Students must add a second program, either a 42-credit major or a 30-credit minor, selected from any of a number of disciplines offered at the Telfer School of Management or at the faculties of Arts, Engineering, Science, Health Sciences or Social Sciences. The faculties of Science and Engineering also offer many majors and minors. However, these majors require 51 to 60 credits.
Note that secondary school prerequisite courses may be required for the second program.


24 or 36 credits 

(8 or 12 courses)

The number of elective courses varies according to the second program:

  • In the major option, students must take 24 electives (8 courses).
  • In the minor option, students must take 36 electives (12 classes).
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