History courses at Queen's are divided into two types: lecture courses and seminars. Lecture courses introduce students to the material of history and its writing. History minors, medials, majors and students in other concentrations, are encouraged to take lecture courses at any time in second, third, or fourth year. Second-year core seminars and upper-year seminars form a fundamental and compulsory part of the program for students pursuing a BAH degree with a major or medial concentration in History. They also provide small-group environments for intensive study, discussion, and debating of key history topics. Seminars are fundamental for the development of skills necessary to pursue the discipline at the graduate level.