Department of History

Department of History
Department of History

Plan Selection for First Year Students 

Each year in May, the Department of History welcomes our new cohort of History Majors, Medials and Minor students. This is an exciting time for us to get to know our incoming 2nd year students and teach you about our program and the exciting opportunities available to History students. When you study History at Queen’s University you’ll follow in the footsteps of thousands of alumni who have occupied and currently hold positions in the commanding heights of government, law, business, education, management consulting, public relations, advertising, journalism, publishing and the heritage sector. Our recent graduates manage web sites and write press briefings for corporations. Several own their own companies. Increasingly, alumni find jobs as research and policy analysts for government ministries. They are segment producers at major Canadian and American television stations, newsprint journalists and researchers for non-governmental organizations. They are bankers, crown prosecutors and Bay Street lawyers.

You might be wondering, why should I study history at Queen's? Or what can I do with a History Degree? which are great examples of the critical thinking skills you will develop and expand upon in your History courses. Alumni who thrive in the business world believe that History taught them how to process large amounts of information and to discern trends and biases in it. Indeed, come to Kingston to study History and you’ll learn how to weigh different viewpoints and how to find your own voice. Our graduates seem unanimous in their belief that their rigorous training equipped them well in the ‘real world’ of work.

What courses do I need to take? As a History Major or Medial student you will have the opportunity to enrol in lecture and seminar courses to complete your degree plan requirements. You will also have access to enrol in experiential learning opportunities, such as the community internship program, archival internships, and/or complete an independent study project. The Department of History offers you the opportunity to choose from a wide range of course offerings and academic opportunities to customize your experience to fit your interests and career aspirations.

If you are considering pursuing a History Minor, you will have access to our 200 level lectures to complete your degree plan requirements. History Minor students cannot enroll in seminar courses. If you are debating between a medial or a minor degree plan, please contact hist.undergrad@queensu.ca for advice. It is much easier to switch from a medial to a minor degree plan but can be difficult, but not impossible, to switch from a minor to a medial. Our Academic Advising Team would be happy to talk to you about this!

Please visit the Faculty of Arts and Science's website to review the dates for plan selection & grade requirements to be accepted into a History Plan. If you have any questions please email hist.undergrad@queensu.ca. We look forward to meeting you in September and welcoming you to the Department of History!