Major field seminars are designed to prepare students for teaching and research in the area of the major field. Students choose one major field seminar in their first year of study. Major fields are completed by a qualifying exam, in the same subject as the major field seminar, taken in the fourth term of registration. Teaching of the seminars rotates among the campuses each year.

Major fields

Minor fields

The minor fields represent each student’s secondary areas of concentration; they are designed to provide students with a supplementary teaching area and a comparative understanding of works in their dissertation research area.  Students fulfill their minor field requirement by successfully completing two minor field seminars, normally in their first year of study.  Seminar topics are established in consultation with the student.  Successful completion of the seminars constitutes completion of the fields as there are no minor field examinations in the program.

Examples of minor field seminars offered in the past

  • Sports History

  • Medieval History

  • International History
  • Economic History
  • Family & Gender History
  • Modern American History
  • Film & History
  • Legal History
  • French Revolution
  • History of Science
  • Canadian Rural History
  • Mennonite History