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History - BA (Hons)

Is it for you?

Understanding the past allows us to explore the diversities and complexities of the human experience. In our Honours Bachelor of Arts program, you’ll study historical debates and engage with documents, artifacts, stories and digital media exploring the past, from ancient societies up to the near present.

 Experiential learning opportunities include museum and curatorial courses and practicums, work placements as well as international and domestic exchange programs.

This is one of 10 bachelor of arts programs that share a one-year foundation.

Double major options available after first year: History and Criminology, History and English, History and Philosophy, History and Politics and Governance, or History and Sociology.

As well, at the end of your first year, you may apply for the History Co-op BA.

Program info

Faculty of Arts

Program format(s): 
Full time: 4 Year
5-Year Co-op

Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

Grade range: 
Low 70s1


Experiential learning: 
Co-op available

Academic requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with a minimum of six Grade 12 U or M courses including the following program specific requirements.

Typically, a minimum overall average of 70% establishes eligibility for admission consideration; subject to competition individual programs may require higher prerequisite grades and/or higher overall averages:

  • A minimum grade of 70% or higher will be required in Grade 12 U English/anglais (ENG4U/EAE4U preferred)

Academic admission requirements for all other applicants are available on the admission requirements page.

Tuition and fees range 2024-2025

For detailed fees information, visit tuition and fees by program.

Full-time format:

Ontario students: $7,239 - $7,264
Out-of-province students: $8,415 - $8,440
International students: $35,075 - $35,100

First-year courses

Here is a preview of first-year courses based on the available undergraduate calendar information.

1st & 2nd Semester


REQUIRED GROUP 1: One course from the following:

  • HIS 104 Ten Days That Shook The World
  • HIS 105 Inventing Popular Culture
  • HIS 106 Technology, Warfare and Social Change
  • HIS 107 Colonization, Colonialism and Independence
  • HIS 238 Canada to 1885: Creating a Nation
  • HIS 248 American History to 1877
  • HIS 265 Asia: Foundations and Modern Nations
  • HIS 275 Ancient Greece and Rome
  • HIS 277 Mediaeval Europe, 400-1350
  • HIS 279 Europe, 1715-1870
  • HIS 338 Canada since 1885: Defining a Nation
  • HIS 348 American History from 1877
  • HIS 350 The Fight for Rights in North America
  • HIS 377 Europe, 1350-1715
  • HIS 379 Europe, 1870-Present
  • HIS 392 African Canadian History
  • HIS 461 Cradle of Civilization: Ancient Near East
  • HIS 462 Introduction to the Islamic World
  • HIS 475 Human Rights in Global History
  • HIS 490 International Relations from 1945

REQUIRED GROUP 2: Four courses from Table I.

OPEN ELECTIVE: Two Open Electives.

Your future

Apply your research methods, critical thinking and verbal and written communication skills to a broad range of industries including:

  • Business (both established and start-ups)
  • Government
  • Non-profit
  • Museum
  • Historic sites
  • Galleries
  • Archives
  • Libraries
  • Other creative industries
  • Graduate studies in history or a related academic field, or pursue professional programs such as law, education, museum and heritage studies, public administration, or information, library and archival management

Thinking of applying? Make sure the program is still accepting applications.

Student spotlight

Presenting research in a professional forum just one benefit of student-hosted event

This year, Department of History students hosted their Undergraduate History Symposium and published the first edition of Endnote, the TMU undergraduate history journal. Over the course of an afternoon, students presented research covering a range of geographical and chronological areas. 

Read more: Explore the Undergraduate History Symposium

Katie Carson, Neea Jacklin and Paige Parsons

More ways to explore TMU


  1. Actual minimum grade ranges required for fall 2024 admission/wait list consideration will be determined based on grades and qualifications presented by the applicant pool as they become available. Required grade ranges may fluctuate from year to year (up or down) as a result of competition. Applicants not educated in Ontario may present the equivalent of the Ontario requirements. TMU reserves the right to determine equivalency at its sole discretion.


While every effort is made to ensure accuracy on this site, in the event of a discrepancy, TMU's current Undergraduate Calendar is the official reference.