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.
- 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.
- Available as a regular or co-op program
- Available as a major and minor
- Graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in History
- Offered by the Faculty of Arts
What will you learn?
During your first year, you'll take two introductory History courses. Plus, you'll have electives to explore an additional major of your choosing. In upper years, 40% of the classes you'll take will be History courses.
Learn about courses you'll take for your History degree.
Customize your degree
You can add additional areas of expertise to your degree by including one or more of the areas of focus within the program.
- Global Interactions
- Revolution, War, and Upheaval
- Applied History
- International Relations
You can also include one of the minors available to all Waterloo students. A popular area of focus for History students is English Language and Literature.
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Co-op = relevant paid work experience
By alternating school terms and paid co-op work terms, you can explore new career areas and employers as your interests evolve.
Sample co-op job titles
- Archives assistant
- Marketing and publishing assistant
- Technical writer
- Web content publisher
- Tutoring and learning coordinator
Sample co-op employers
- OpenText Corporation
- Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
- George Brown College
- The Corporation of the County of Simcoe
What can you do with a degree in History?
Waterloo History graduates commonly pursue careers in writing, teaching, and research, often working in museums, schools, and libraries.
- Museum Educator – Wilson MacDonald Memorial School Museum
- Teacher – Waterloo Region District School Board
- Lawyer – Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP
- Corporate Account Manager – CDW Canada
- Senior Public Relations Consultant – The iPR Group
- Educational Assistant – Waterloo Region District School Board
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Ontario students: six Grade 12 U and/or M courses including
- Any Grade 12 U English (minimum final grade of at least 70%)
Admission average: Low 80s (co-op and regular)
Not studying in Ontario? Search our admission requirements.
How to apply
Apply to Honours Arts or Honours Arts and Business and choose History as your major at the end of first year.
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Questions about courses, programs, requirements, careers?
Please contact our Faculty of Arts recruitment team who can answer any questions you have.