Courses for your History degree

First-year courses

September to December

  • One 100-level history course
  • Arts First requirement 1*
  • Three additional courses

January to April

  • One 100-level history course
  • Arts First requirement 2*
  • Three additional courses

 *The Arts First requirement consists of two first-year courses that are capped at 25 students: ARTS 130 – Inquiry and Communication and ARTS 140 – Information and Analysis. Instead of listening to a lecture and trying to capture notes, Arts First courses will have you and your classmates working together to respond to a challenge posed by the instructor.

After first year

About 40% of the classes you’ll take will be History courses. With your remaining classes, you can choose electives from many of the 100 subject areas at Waterloo.

You can also add additional areas of interest and expertise by including a minor (or minors) as part of your degree.

Sample upper-year courses

HIST 224 – Food, Culture, and History
HIST 239 – History of Modern China, 1911 to the Present
HIST 282 – History of Modern South Asia 1750-2000
HIST 369 – The Politics of Decolonization


Advisors are here to help

With so much flexibility, you might have a lot of questions. We're here to help! If you're applying for admission, contact Jackie Jones our Faculty of Arts recruitment coordinator.

Once you're a Waterloo student, you'll have access to academic advisors who can help you

  • choose your courses,
  • select minors and specializations,
  • ensure that you're meeting the requirements for your degree, and more.

Next steps