The History Department offers a wide range of courses of that span from the pre-modern past to the contemporary era, and geographically circle the globe. Courses build on a number of disciplinary vantage points and explore a variety of themes, including cultural, economic, environmental, gender, global and transnational, Indigenous, intellectual, labour, legal, political, and religious history. In addition, students have the opportunity to undertake a variety of independent research, community projects, experiential learning and internship opportunities. The emphasis on analysis, critical thinking, research, communication, and writing skills prepare history students for careers in law, education, public policy, business, museum and and archives, publishing, research, and media.

Top 5 Reasons to study History:

  1. A History degree provides a sound preparation for a variety of careers, including education, law, public service, communications, and business.
  2. History offers a range of small sized seminar courses, which allow students to interact with professors individually, and provides an enahanced and enriching learning experience.
  3. The range of History courses span the globe. Lecture and seminar courses cover every continent and many courses examine transnational connections between different geographical regions.
  4. Critically explore the roots of contemporary issues throughout the world.
  5. History students have both study abroad and internship opportunities available to them in order to apply the skills they learn in our classrooms.

“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

Watson Hall
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Department Head: 
Amitava Chowdhury
Undergraduate Chair: 
Ana Siljak
Program Manager: 
Jenn Lucas
Undergraduate Assistant: 
Alex Geris

For a full list of on-campus Degree Plans, visit the History Department website.

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.

Joint Honours 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.

Bachelor of Arts (General)

Online Bachelor of Arts (General)

For a full list of online Degree Plans, and online course, visit The Arts and Science Online website

Graduate Degree Options

History - PhD
History - MA

To learn more about graduate degree options, visit the History Department website


A History degree at Queen’s offers an outstanding education and the opportunity to study with renowned historians. We thrive on the curiosity of our students, which is fostered in our diverse array of courses, our signature small classes, and a suite of experiential learning and independent research opportunities. History students graduate with deep insights into the roots of the contemporary world and with the skills required to succeed in a wide range of careers. The Department of History offers students the opportunity to choose from a wide range of course offerings and academic opportunities to customize their experience to fit their unique interests.   

History Major or Joint Honours students have exclusive access to seminar courses, unique experiential learning opportunities, such as the community internship program and archival internships, as well as the option to complete an independent study project. 

History General, Minor, or non-History students, have access to 200 level lectures which can fulfill degree plan or elective requirements. 






Students apply to Queen’s Arts (QA) through the OUAC (Ontario Universities' Application Centre) website (ouac.on.ca).ENG4U, plus five additional 4U/M courses. 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)

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After first year, in May, students will declare their area of study (major, minor, e.g.). The thresholds are competitive year to year and do change. 

2020-21 thresholds for History majors are:

AUTOMATIC ACCEPTANCE: 2.0 Cumulative GPA and minimum C in HIST 1## or BADR 100 or 101
PENDING LIST: 1.6 Cumulative GPA with minimum C in HIST 1## or BADR 100 or 101

Information on Plan Selection

If you are an upper year student who has realized after first year that History is your passion, you may be eligible for an upper year plan transfer into a History plan. To discuss a transfer to a History degree plan, contact hist.undergrad@queensu.ca for a personalized advising session to review your eligibility for the program. 

Learn more about the Department of History by visiting the department’s website, or booking an appointment with a member of the Peer Advising Team in History (PATH). PATH Advisors are upper-year History students who can share their personal experiences about being a History student and help you plan your path through a History degree.  


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. Taking time to explore career options, build experience and network can help you have a smooth transition to the world of work after graduation.

Visit the Department’s Careers website to learn more about potential career opportunities and professional development strategies to help you reach your goals. 

The Department of History uses real alumni stories to showcase the range of career opportunities after graduation. Queen’s History Alumni have a long record of outstanding achievements. Our alumni can be found in every walk of life: not only among professional historians, history teachers, museums curators and archivists, but among lawyers, consulting professionals, public policy analysts, journalists, writers, and more! To learn more about the exciting career paths our alumni have followed, listen to The Alumni Archives Podcast. Available on all major streaming platforms. 

To read more alumni stories or submit your own, visit the History Department’s alumni webpage.


Queen’s Department of History offers two graduate degree programs: a Master of Arts (MA) with options to write a research essay or a thesis, and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). Students read cutting-edge scholarship and work with primary sources in small, graduate-only seminars, and have the opportunity to carry out research in a wide range of thematically and geographically-defined fields of inquiry. Queen’s has traditionally been a top training ground for historians of Canada and the British empire and is now home to dynamic research clusters in global, intellectual, gender, medieval, and postcolonial history.

Our students join a thriving intellectual community organized around seminar series and research networks convened by award-winning faculty members who have won recognition for their dedication to research as well as teaching. 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, as well as events and workshops organized by the Global History Initiative, the Muslim Societies, Global Perspectives network, the Arthur Lower Canadian History Workshop 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. Queen’s University has a minimum funding guarantee for eligible doctoral students of $18,000/year for four years. This is a guaranteed minimum, and in practice our students receive substantially higher amounts, depending on external and internal competitions. 

Study Abroad: 

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). Interested MA students may also take advantage of an opportunity to spend a term at the Fudan University (Shanghai), one of the premier academic universities in China. 

To learn more, visit the Department of History’s website or contact hist.grad@queensu.ca