Learn from internationally recognized scholars in a program with excellent student-to-supervisor ratios. Departmental expertise is wide-ranging; our historians are specialists in histories of Africa, Canada, China, Europe, Latin America and the United States. Students learn valuable skills in argumentative writing, critical thinking, public speaking, and grant proposal writing. After a year of seminar course work, students complete a research thesis. Typically, students base their theses in archival research within Canada and abroad. While many students go on to train at the PhD level, others move into research consulting and public history, or use their skills to transition into professions such as teaching, law, or the public service.
A specialization in History and Philosophy of Science is offered in cooperation with the Department of Philosophy.
Completing this program
- Core Course: Historiography and the Theories of History.
- Additional Courses: Topics may include Canada, Europe, Latin America, United States, science, intellectual history, political history and more.
- Breadth: Students must take one seminar course in a field unrelated to the student's research interests.
- History and Philosophy of Science: Students in this specialization may, with departmental approval, take Philosophy courses to fulfill course requirements for the degree.
- Language: Students must demonstrate reading knowledge of a second language related to the major field of study prior to the oral thesis defence.
- Thesis: Students are required to submit and defend an original thesis.
Historical research consulting, teaching, public history, government research analysis, civil service and diplomacy, professional writing and editing.
A master’s degree in history will give you the pre-requisite for a PhD.