Develop a world view that goes back centuries

Today, the past is more relevant than ever. At Waterloo, you’ll explore history to make sense of the present.

Our small classes create lots of opportunity for animated discussions, while the co-op option offers relevant work experience before you graduate.

In your upper years, an impressively wide range of courses let you focus on the events, themes, or historical time periods that intrigue you most. Delve deep with four possible specializations, or broaden your education with courses from other disciplines.

Whichever way you shape your degree, you’ll develop an invaluable set of skills — technical, creative, critical, and analytical — that will serve you well in almost any career.

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Apply to Honours Arts or Honours Arts and Business and choose History as your major at the end of first year.

History at Waterloo

Earning a Bachelor of Arts in history provides valuable skills such as critical thinking, communication, and collaboration while pursuing your interests.

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Award-winning teachers

Our professors have racked up a number of honours for their teaching and research, including six student-nominated Distinguished Teaching Awards.

Study in China

Take a portion of your degree at Nanjing University, where you can immerse yourself in the history and culture of China.