History

Degree PlansCourses of InstructionCourse Lists

H.Adelman, D.H.Akenson, R.Bailey, J.Brison, P.Campbell, C.-I.Caron, J.T.Carson, A.Chowdhury, J.R.Collins, R.Currarino, A.F.D’Elia, S.M.den Otter, K.Dubinsky, G.Dueck, J.M.Duffin, A.English, M.Epprecht, E.J.Errington, R.P.H.Greenfield, M.Hardwick, E.M.Hill, A.Husain, A.Jainchill, H.E.Mah, R.L.Manley, S.Maynard, I.McKay, J.McNairn, I.Pande, D.S.Parker, A.Salzmann, A.Siljak, T.B.Smith, L. Trofimov, N.van Deusen, B.Walker

Departmental Notes
Subject Code    HIST
Chair of Department    J.T.Carson
Departmental Office    Watson Hall, Room 212
Departmental Telephone    613-533-2150
Departmental Fax   613-533-6298
Administrative Assistant   Deborah Stirton-Massey
E-Mail Address    stirton@queensu.ca
Chair of Graduate Studies    J.R.Collins
Chair of Undergraduate Studies    B.Walker
Undergraduate Business    hist.undergrad@queensu.ca
World Wide Web Address    www.queensu.ca/history/

Overview
The History department at Queen’s will provide you with a sophisticated introduction to a variety of approaches to the past, and will hone your analysis, discussion, research, and writing skills.  You can explore such diverse areas as the Crusades, slavery and race relations, Native history in the Americas, the Russian Revolution, the problems of 20th century Canadian unity, the economic development of Africa, and the perception and treatment of women in North America.

Departmental Policies

Essay Requirements
It is the policy of the Department of History that, in all written work, students are required to write English that is correct both in grammar and in usage. Marks will be deducted for deviations from this standard.

Advice to Students

Introductory Courses

Any of the first-year history courses fulfills the prerequisite for further work in the subject.  Students should therefore choose on the basis of the subject matter and method of instruction they prefer.  HIST 121/6.0, HIST 122/6.0 and HIST 124/6.0 follow a lecture/tutorial method.  HIST 125/6.0 is offered as an online course by Continuing and Distance Studies. A grade of C+ in any one of these courses is the minimum prerequisite for seminar work at the 300 level.

Selection of Courses
History courses at Queen’s are divided into four types: introductory courses (100-level), lecture courses (numbered 200-299), core seminars for those registered in the history Major or Medial Plans (numbered 300-329, and normally taken in second year), and upper-year seminar courses (numbered 333-499).  The core seminars and the upper-year seminar courses form a fundamental and compulsory part of the program for students pursuing a Major or Medial Plan in History.  History Minors and students in other subjects should normally choose lecture courses, which may be taken at any time in second, third, or fourth year.  The specific prerequisites for admission to second-year core seminars and upper-year seminar courses are appended to the course descriptions.

Regarding which courses to choose, the History Department expects students to balance interest with breadth.  6.0 units in Canadian History is required for all History Plans; it is also recommended (but not required) that students take at least 6.0 units on the period before 1800.  Majors and Medials should not take more than half their courses in the history of any one country.

Preparation for a Teaching Career
Students wishing to enter teaching as a career are advised by the Faculty of Education to acquire a general familiarity with most of the areas taught at the secondary school level: Canadian, American, and modern world history. It would be advantageous to concentrate in one or more of these areas and to obtain some background in ancient and medieval history as well as in political studies, economics, and sociology.

Special Study Opportunities
Students in good academic standing who are pursuing a major or medial concentration in History would normally be eligible to take courses at the Bader International Study Centre, Herstmonceux.   The History Department equally encourages and supports other study abroad options.  Please consult the History Department website for further information and regulations, and please contact the Department for academic advice before registering.