The study of history will help you sharpen your skills of analysis, discussion, research, and writing - all while critically exploring the roots of contemporary issues throughout the world. Students of history at Queen’s can explore a broad menu of topics, as diverse as the Crusades, Slavery, and Race Relations, Indigenous History in the Americas, the Russian Revolution, 20th Century Canada, the Economic Development of Africa, and the Perception and Treatment of Women in North America. The History Department invites students of all academic disciplines to explore historical issues through the intellectual breadth of history courses offered at Queen’s.

Our seminar-based program offers something hard to find these days — small classes where students and instructors discuss what they have read, what they think, and what they believe. With an emphasis on developing speaking, research and writing skills, a history degree provides a sound preparation for careers in education, law, public service, journalism, and business.

Top 5 Reasons to study History:

  1. Learn from world-recognized scholars whose research and curiosities span the globe.
  2. Critically explore the roots of contemporary issues throughout the world.
  3. Examine a variety of historical periods, places, and peoples.
  4. A history degree provides a sound preparation for careers in education, law, public service, and business.
  5. The department offer small seminars from years one through four.

“Studying in the Queen’s History department taught me a number of great things, including that I know a small fraction of what there is to know, but that I have the capacity to learn a lot through discussion, analysis and hard work.”
                                                                                                                                   -Christine Platt, BAH ‘06

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Department Head: 
Rebecca Manley
Departmental Assistant: 
Matthew Colby
Graduate Chair: 
Ishita Pande
Graduate Assistant: 
Cathy Dickison
Undergraduate Chair: 
Amitava Chowdhury
Undergraduate Assistant: 
Virginia Vandenberg
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) - BAH

Major in History
A major is an intensive course of study in one discipline, with approximately half of your courses within the discipline with room for an optional minor in any other Arts and Science discipline.

Medial in History
A dual course of study in History and any other Arts discipline.

Minor in History
A minor is a less intensive course of study in the discipline that must be combined with a major in another discipline.

Internship option available

Online Bachelor of Arts (General)

For a full list of Degree Plans, see the Academic Calendar

Graduate Degree Options

History - PhD
History - MA


Alumni Career Statistics

  • 7% of alumni work in BANKING, INVESTMENT & INSURANCE
  • 9% of alumni work in LAW
  • 15% of alumni work in GOVERNMENT & NON PROFIT
  • 32% of alumni work in EDUCATION

Learning about the past helps us learn how to understand our own heritage, and how to unravel the complexities of an increasingly interdependent world. The History program at Queen's will provide you with a sophisticated introduction to a variety of approaches to the past, and 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.

Where could History students go after graduation?

  • Anthropology
  • Archaelogy
  • Archival science
  • Business administration and management
  • Campaign organization
  • Communications
  • Community development
  • Counselling
  • Ethics
  • Events management & fundraising
  • Genealogical resourch
  • Human resources
  • Insurance
  • Intelligence analysis
  • International development
  • International relations
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Library science
  • Management consulting
  • Marketing and marketing research
  • Medical records & research
  • Museum curator
  • Museum management
  • Policy analyst
  • Public administration
  • Publishing
  • Social work
  • Technical writing
  • Tourism and travel
  • Urban and regional planning

Taking time to explore career options, build experience and network can help you have a smooth transition to the world of work after graduation. Note: some of these paths may require additional training.


If specific time periods are your interest there are courses that cover every period such as The Crusades, Slavery in North America from the Colonial Era to 1865, or The Holocaust. If your interest is more regional there are course such as India and the World, Africa in the Modern World or The History of Sexuality in Canada. Medicine and history overlap with courses such as Health and Disease in Western Society, Historiography of Medicine, and Nobel Prize in Medicine: Who won it; Who didn’t; and Why? Two of the most popular courses are the Queen’s Archives Internship and the new Food in Global History.

HIST 216: US Civil War and Reconstruction
The Civil War has been the defining moment in American history. This course examines the political, cultural, and social origins of the conflict, studies the unfinished revolution of Reconstruction, and considers the legacy of the Civil War and Reconstruction in the contemporary US.


Students apply to Queen’s Arts (QA) through the OUAC (Ontario Universities' Application Centre) website (ouac.on.ca). Secondary School prerequisites include six 4U and 4M courses, including a minimum of three 4U courses, one of which must be ENG4U. Applicants outside of Ontario may have additional requirements. Visit queensu.ca/admission for additional information regarding requirements and admission to Queen's.

History (BAH)
OUAC Code:
QA (Kingston Campus)
QB (Concurrent Education, Kingston Campus)
QIA (The Castle)
QIB (Concurrent Education, The Castle)

See Full Admission Requirements

After first year, in May, students will declare their area of study (major, minor, specialization, e.g.). The thresholds are competitive year to year and do change. The 2017-18 thresholds for History are: 0.7 Cumulative GPA and minimum C in HIST 1## or BISC 101 for PENDING LIST or 2.3 Cumulative GPA with minimum C+ in HIST 1## or BISC 101 for AUTOMATIC ACCEPTANCE.

Information on Plan Selection


The Department of History offers challenging and innovative MA and PhD programs in established and new fields of historical inquiry. We have a stellar record of placing our doctoral students in academic appointments, prestigious post-doctoral fellowships and senior government positions in Canada and abroad. MA and PhD graduates have also excelled in careers in government, media and private business. Many of our PhD students complete their degrees before their fifth year, and publish their theses as highly-regarded books.

Students are taught primarily in small all-graduate seminars, in which they engage in a lively, critical examination of historical writing, and delve into research in primary sources. MA and PhD students join an energetic young academic community: they participate in the departmental seminar series and biannually host the McGill-Queen's Graduate History conference that draws students from across Canada and the US. We are a mid-sized university and department, and we are therefore able to create for our students a rich, supportive learning community.

Queen's History Department offers funding for MA and Ph.D. students through a combination of internal and external awards and teaching assistantships and fellowships. We guarantee our doctoral students an annual minimum of $18,000 for four years. This is a guaranteed minimum, and in practice our students most often receive substantially more than this, depending on external and internal competitions.

Queen's University has a minimum funding guarantee for eligible doctoral students of $18,000.00. This amount is a minimum, and actual doctoral student support may be substantially higher.

Study Abroad: University of Fudan (Shanghai)

The MA programme features a term at the Fudan University (Shanghai), one of the premier academic universities in China. For further information about this initiative and to contact Queen's students who have studied at Fudan, please email Dr. Emily Hill at hillem@queensu.ca. This opportunity is not restricted to students researching modern Chinese history.

Study Abroad: University of London - Birkbeck College

The Department of History has an arrangement with University of London (Birkbeck College), Faculty of History, University of London that provides Queen's History PHD students with the opportunity to spend six months in London (January-June).

Students would become visiting students at Birkbeck College and would have the benefits and services of regular Birkbeck students: for example, library, internet, having a Birkbeck supervisor who would meet with you and read your work, the opportunity to give a paper in a spring research seminar at Birkbeck. You would also have access to all the seminars at the Institute of Historical Research, though these are already open to you as a Queen's student.

To find out if there is a historian working in your area, please access the Birkbeck History Staff.

Tuition is approximately four thousand pounds for six months. There is a fellowship available for which applicants will be considered as part of their application to the Visiting Studentship programme. It is possible to apply for a waiver for your Queen's tuition fees since you would be paying tuition elsewhere. A formal application is required - and can be accessed at this link: Birbek University Postgraduate Degrees

Graduate Assistant

Yvonne Place
Phone: 613-533-6931
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