Major

The major program in the Department of History gives students a thorough grounding in global, local, and regional histories, across a wide range of themes and historical methods.

BA History Program Outcomes

Students pursuing a History major will be able to:

  • Engage in historical inquiry
  • Engage in historical research and analysis
  • Craft written arguments based on primary sources, secondary sources, and historical methodologies
  • Understand and practice historical thinking as engaged citizenship

Students who wish to become a history major should first discuss their program with a Departmental Advisor. Although you do not need to apply to be a History major, you should attend the History Department meeting for Prospective History Majors and Honours students held in March, if possible, and consult a Departmental Advisor to approve your program before declaring your major through UBC’s Student Service Centre.

Mandatory Advising

Fill out the History Major’s Advising Form and bring it to your meeting with the History Advisor to discuss your planned program. This is a plan, not a contract that you may necessarily alter, but Departmental advising is required before approval for graduation.

 Read carefully the relevant sections of the UBC Calendar for departmental and faculty requirements. If you have any doubts or questions or see a problem in your Degree Navigator report at any time about your History program, see a Departmental advisor as soon as possible.

  1. Twelve credits of lower-level history, including 6 credits of 200-level courses.
  2. All History Majors must take the fourth-year capstone course HIST 490 Seminar for History Majors, or its equivalent:
    1. HIST 490 (3) Seminar for History Majors
    2. HIST 468 (3) Comparative Topics in Indigenous History
    3. HIST 466 (3) Topics in Indigenous History of Canada
    4. HIST 403 (3) Seminar in the History of International Relations
  3. Of the 30 Upper-division credits required for the major, no more than 24 credits are allowed in any one field (such as Canadian or North American, Modern European, Asian, etc.).
  4. Although some courses taught in other departments may be applied to the History Major, more than half of the Upper-division credits toward the History Major should be earned through courses listed as HIST in the UBC Calendar. Exceptions are made for students who earn History credit while on exchange. See page 9 for the general policy on the assigning of History credit for courses from other UBC departments.
  5. Of the 42 total minimum history credits, at least 6 credits must be substantially pre-modern in content. A list of courses fulfilling this requirement is below.

Courses that meet History's Pre-Modern Requirements

HIST 101     World History to Oceanic Contact (6 credits)

HIST 102     World History from 1500 to the 20th Century (6 credits)

HIST 202     Gateway to the Middle Ages (3/6 credits)

HIST 220     History of Europe (3/6 credits)

HIST 235     History of Canada (3 credits)

HIST 237     History of the United States (3/6 credits)

HIST 240     Health, Illness and Medicine I: From the Ancient World to the Early Modern Period (3 credits)

HIST 256     History of Africa (3 credits)

HIST 259     Science, Medicine, and Technology in the Ancient and Medieval Worlds (3 credits)

HIST 270     China in World History (3/6 credits)

HIST 271     Japan and Global History, 1550-1900 (3 credits)

HIST 273     History of India (3 credits)

HIST 280     Islamic World History (3 credits)

HIST 306     History of France, 1461-1715 (6 credits)

HIST 307     French North America to 1803 (6 credits)

HIST 310     The British Empire to 1850 (3 credits)

HIST 314     Early Modern Britain (6 credits)

HIST 323     Empires, Wars, and Revolutions in Europe and the Americas, 1763-1838 (3 credits)

HIST 328     Rebels in America: Revolution to Civil War, 1763-1865 (3 credits)

HIST 334     Senegambia to South Carolina, Ghana to Georgia: African American History 1450-1850 (3 credits)

HIST 341     Medieval Jewish History (3 credits) Equivalency: RELG 331

HIST 344     Ancient Regime France (6 credits)

HIST 347     Medieval and Imperial Russian History, 998 to 1800 (3 credits)

HIST 363     Europe in the Early Middle Ages (3 credits)

HIST 364     Europe in the Late Middle Ages (3 credits)

HIST 365     Europe during the Renaissance (3 credits)

HIST 366     Europe during the Reformation (3 credits)

HIST 367     Europe in the Age of the Enlightenment (3 credits)

HIST 377     History of Cantonese Worlds (3 credits) Equivalency: ASIA 323

HIST 378     History of Early China (3 credits) Equivalency: ASIA 320

HIST 379     History of Later Imperial China (3 credits) Equivalency: ASIA 340

HIST 387     Voices from Medieval India (3 credits)

HIST 388     India in the Early Modern World: Mughals, Merchants, and Marauders (3 credits)

HIST 392     Scientific Revolution: Circulation of Knowledge in the Early Modern World (3 credits)

HIST 401     Seafaring in the Age of Sail (3 credits)

HIST 424     Economic History of Pre-Modern Europe (3 credits)

HIST 425     War and Society

HIST 436     European Social History (6 credits)

HIST 444     Slave Societies in the Americas (3 credits)

HIST 464     First Contacts in the Pacific (3 credits)

HIST 470     Seminar in Medieval History (6 credits)

HIST 473     Women in the Middle Ages (3 credits)

HIST 474     Ideas and Religions of the Middle Ages (3 credits)

HIST 476     Law and Society in the Middle Ages (3 credits)

HIST 477     Constitutional History of Medieval Europe (3 credits)

HIST 478     Medieval Portraits and Personalities (3 credits)

HIST 479     Cultural History of Imperial China (3/6 credits) Equivalency: ASIA 440

HIST 484     East Asian Military Systems and Warfare (3 credits)

ASIA 100    Introduction to Traditional Asia (3 credits)

ASIA 314    Premodern Japan (3 credits)

ASIA 315    Japan from Feudal to Modern State (3 credits)

ASIA 317    The Rise of Korean Civilization (3 credits)

ASIA 318    Premodern India (3 credits)

ASIA 320    History of Early China (3 credits) Equivalency: HIST 378

ASIA 340    History of Later Imperial China (3 credits) Equivalency: HIST 379

ASIA 390    History of the Indian Ocean World

ASIA 393    History of Iran from the Sasanians to the Safavids (3 credits)

ASIA 410    International Relations in Premodern East Asia (3 credits)

ASIA 440    Cultural History of Imperial China (6 credits) Equivalency: HIST 479

ASIA 484    The History of the Choson Dynasty (3 credits)

CLST 110    Golden Age of Athens (3 credits)

CLST 111    Late Republican and Early Imperial Rome (3 credits)

CLST 231    Ancient Greece (3 credits)

CLST 232    Ancient Rome (3 credits)

CLST 260    Gladiators, Games, and Spectacle in the Greek and Roman World (3 credits)

CLST 306    Ancient Technology: Greece and Rome (3 credits)

CLST 311    Women in the Bronze Age, Classical Greek, and Hellenistic Culture (3 credits)

CLST 312    Women in the Roman World of Republican and Imperial Times (3 credits)

CLST 319    The Roman Army (3 credits)

CLST 320    Slavery in the Ancient Greek and Roman World (3 credits)

CLST 329    Ancient Greek Warfare (3 credits)

CLST 352    The Roman Republic (3 credits)

CLST 353    The Early Roman Empire (3 credits)

CLST 355    The Athenians and their Empire (3 credits)

CLST 356    Alexander the Great and his Empire (3 credits)

CLST 401     Seminar in Classical History

NEST 301    Early Empires of the Ancient Near East (3 credits)

NEST 303    History of Ancient Egypt (3 credits)

NEST 310    History of Women in Early to Late Medieval Muslim Societies (3 credits)

Policy for Assigning History Majors Credit for Courses from other Departments

All courses with a HIST number are treated toward the History Major without limitation. This includes all the following courses which are cross-listed with another department.

HIST 260 = PHIL 260 (3) Science and Society in the Contemporary World
HIST 270 = ASIA 270 (6) China in World History
HIST 341 = RELG 331 (3) Medieval Jewish History
HIST 342 = RELG 332 (3) Modern Jewish History
HIST 373 = ASIA 373 (3) History of Hong Kong
HIST 377 = ASIA 323 (3) History of Cantonese Worlds
HIST 378 = ASIA 320 (3) Early China
HIST 379 = ASIA 340 (3) Later Imperial China
HIST 393 = PHIL 360 (3) Introduction to History and Philosophy of Science
HIST 394 = PHIL 364 (3) Darwin, Evolution and Modern History
HIST 479 = ASIA 440 (6) Cultural History of Late Imperial China

Subject to the approval of the Department, a maximum of 12 credits of the following courses which are taught and listed in other departments may count toward the 30 upper-division courses required for Major in History:

CLST 306, 311, 312, 319, 320, 329, 352, 353, 355, 356, 401

NEST 301, 303, 310

ECON 334, 336, 337, 436

GEOG 321, 327, 328, 426

ASIA 309, 310, 313, 314, 315, 317, 318, 337, 338, 344, 346, 376, 390, 393, 410, 411, 418, 428, 438, 456, 475, 484, 488

MES 300

To meet the needs of a particular student's program, the History Department will consider counting a course not specifically listed as a History course (or its equivalent) towards the requirements of a Major in History if the course can be shown to be substantially historical in content and context.

Please Note

Each such request is judged on its own merits and approval can by no means be taken for granted.

We may suggest students take such courses as an elective, but we do, however, wish to allow a legitimate degree of flexibility and imagination in the program of a History major.

The combined major in history and philosophy of science is designed for students interested in the nature and development of science, along with its many roles in contemporary society and culture. This major is for those interested in topics such as scientific evidence, scientific explanations, causal inference, scientific communities, science and values, and the evolution of scientific ideas within a social context. It might also be a suitable second major for science students with humanistic interests.

For admission into the history and philosophy of science combined major please speak with the undergraduate program advisor. In addition to Faculty requirements, the program requires the following:

First and Second Years

  • Students must complete HIST/PHIL 260, and at least 9 credits of first and second year HIST or PHIL courses.
  • The following are recommended: HIST 104, 105, 106, 259; PHIL 125, 220, 230, 240.

Third and Fourth Years

  • Students must complete HIST 393/PHIL 360, and one (3 credits) of HIST 490 or PHIL 491. They must take an additional 15 credits from the following list, with no fewer than 6 credits in PHIL and 6 credits in HIST: HIST 392, 394, 395, 396, 398, 440, 487, 491, 493, 494, 495, 581, 589; PHIL 321, 362, 363, 427, 460, 461, 462, 464, 469.
  • The remaining 9 credits will normally be taken from upper-division HIST or PHIL courses (excluding PHIL 400, 401). Students may substitute any of the following: BIOL 446; CLST 306;
    ENGL 309; GEOG 345; MATH 446; MATH 447; PHYS 340; PSYC 312.

The History Department in association with other departments in the Faculty of Arts offers a joint majors program in International Relations. Visit http://www.ir.arts.ubc.ca/ or contact our International Relations Co-Chair, Jessica Wang for a program description and contact information.

FAQ


Primary

Twelve credits of lower-division History courses, including six credits of History at the 200-level, taken during the first and second years (the first 60 credits) qualify you for the majors or honours program in history.

There are no other specific course prerequisites for upper-division history courses. Courses numbered HIST 100 to HIST 199 are all World History courses and introduce students to historical questions and to the approaches that scholars have taken in trying to answer them. Some of these courses survey world history over a specific period and others consider particular themes common to the history of human communities. Courses numbered HIST 200 to HIST 299 provide a solid grounding in historical thinking and writing through courses with a regional and/or thematic focus that prepares you for upper level courses in history.

Arts One may count for 6 of the 12 required credits. ASIA 100, ASIA 101, GRSJ 205, GRSJ 210, CLST 110, CLST 111, CLST 231, CLST 232, CLST 260, and history credits transferred from other institutions can also provide six credits toward the requirements for the major. International Baccalaureate (IB) and Advanced Placement (AP) first year credits may also receive lower-division history credits. (Courses listed above from other UBC departments may not necessarily meet the 200-level requirement.)

Plan to attend the History Department for prospective History Majors and Honours Students held late in spring term, and sign up to consult a History Department Faculty Advisor in April to approve your program. Fill out the History Major’s Advising Form and bring it to your meeting with the History Advisor. If you have completed at least 42 credits, you may then declare your major during your registration window for the next academic session through UBC’s Student Service Centre (SSC).

You should have your program proposal as a History Major evaluated and approved by a Departmental Advisor either before you declare your History Major, or before you register for your third-year classes. At the advising meeting for prospective History Majors and Honours Students at the end of March students can sign up for advising during April. Throughout the year department advisors are available during for appointments and drop-in advising for students who need assistance.

The History Majors Program is designed to be as flexible as possible. To meet the needs of a particular student's program, the History Department will consider counting a course not specifically listed as a History course (or its equivalent) towards the requirements of a Major in History if the course can be shown to be substantially historical in content and context. Each such request, however, must be discussed with a History Advisor and is judged on its own merits; approval can by no means be taken for granted.

Yes. After you have completed the required lower-division credits in History, you may begin to take upper-division History courses (300 and 400 level) that count towards your History Major or Minor.

Requirement

The one course that all History Majors must take is the fourth year capstone course, HIST 490 (3) Seminar for History Majors, or its equivalent.

Each term during Winter Session, several professors offer sections of this course on various topics. These classes have 18 or fewer students and provide students an opportunity not just to learn history, but also to be historians, reading, interpreting, and discussing history as they write a research paper. This course also fulfils the research requirement of the Faculty of Arts.

A variety of courses can fulfil the rest of the requirements to graduate with a History Major. These requirements are:

  • Of the 30 upper-division credits required for the major, no more than 24 credits may be in any one geographic field (Canadian or North American, European, Asian, South American).
  • Of the 42 minimum history credits, at least 6 credits must be substantially pre-modern in content. A list of courses fulfilling this requirement is available on the History Department website and in this booklet on pages 7-8. This requirement cannot be waived.
  • At least 15 of the upper-division credits toward the History Major must be earned through courses listed as HIST in the UBC Calendar (excepting students who earn History credit on exchange through Go-Global).

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