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Programs and Plans

Programs and Plans

At Queen’s the History Program includes Major, Medial, Minor, and General plans. In each of these degree plans, students have the option to choose courses from a wide range of topics and themes and build up their interest in a chosen historical area or period. While students in the Major and Medial plans undertake intensive training in historical research and writing skills, the Minor plan helps to widen the horizon of historical understanding by integrating a historical perspective with a different major discipline. The General plan enables students to pursue their historical interests in a three-year Bachelor of Arts degree option.

The first-year courses are large lectures that introduce students to broad overviews on the intellectual origins of the modern West, issues of global historical processes, and critical glimpses of Canadian history. The seminar courses in the second and upper years provide in-depth training in historical methods, analytical thinking, and intensive writing skills.

Students in the Major and Medial plans combine lecture courses and small seminar classes. Alongside taught courses, students have the option to undertake independent research courses as well as experience-based learning in a variety of internships. Students in the Minor and General plans choose from an array of lecture courses at all levels of their study.

Academic Advisement

The Department of History offers professional and peer academic advising services for both current and future History Majors, Medials, and Minors.

The Peer Advising Team in History (PATH) comprises upper-year History students who can answer questions about what it’s like to be a History Major, Medial, or Minor, discuss which courses you should take for your degree plan, and how to do well in your History courses. Book an appointment here.

Alex Geris is the Undergraduate Program Assistant who provides year-round academic advising to make sure you’re on track to graduate! Questions like: which courses should I take? Will I graduate on time? Am I eligible to be a History Major? Book an advising appoint with Alex here, or email at

As the Program Manager, Jenn Lucas oversees projects and initiatives with the explicit goal of improving the student experience for History students. As part of her experiential learning portfolio, Jenn coordinates internships and study abroad opportunities. To learn more about these opportunities, please visit the Experiential Learning page.

As the Undergraduate Chair, Dr. Amitava Chowdhury is the faculty member who oversees the program and offers support to current and future students. You can contact him by email: or book an appointment here

Not sure which option is right for you? Email 



Department of History, Queen's University

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