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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. See our plan selection FAQs to learn more about choosing a History degree plan.  

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 with PATH 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, 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:

Not sure which option is right for you? Email  


Course Registration: FAQs

I’m a 1st Year student who is interested in taking History. How can I find out what courses I need to take this year?

If you’re interested in becoming a History Major, Medial, or Minor, you’ll need to take 3.0 units of 100 level History in your first year to be eligible for the History plan. See all 100 level courses offered on our undergraduate courses page. More information on what it takes to be accepted to a History plan can be found on the Major, Medial, and Minor plan pages. If you have questions about plan selection, which is when you declare your Major or Medial at the end of your first year, please review our Plan Selection FAQs

Why do second year seminars have a 300 course code?

Every 2nd year History Major or Medial student must take a Core Seminar to enter the upper levels of the History program. These courses are given 300-330 course codes even though they are 2nd year History courses. Once you pass the core seminar in your second year (with a C+ or higher), you’ll be eligible to take any course from the 333-499 course range (known as upper-level seminars) during your 3rd and 4th year. Core Seminar course offerings for next year can be found on our undergraduate courses page and in Volume 8 of our Undergraduate Bulletin

When is my registration timeslot?

For information on your registration timeslot, please see the Faculty of Arts and Science's course registration page.  

I can’t find the course I want to take in SOLUS

Be sure to check both the “Undergraduate” and “Undergraduate Online” career options in SOLUS to ensure you are seeing all courses offered this year. Some courses are not offered every year. If you see a course in the Academic Calendar that is not listed in SOLUS through either “career” in SOLUS, it is not offered this year.

Why do some courses have a time slot of 12:00AM – 12:00AM?

While registering for some courses on SOLUS, you will find that under “Days and Times” a time span of 12:00AM—12:00AM is indicated. Again, under “Room” the notation TBA is specified. This might be confusing to you, but all this means is that the class will meet online and there is no set time for live lectures. Your course professors and seminar instructors will hold meetings and office hours, and they will communicate these arrangements at the beginning of the course. These meetings will be scheduled after consulting with you.

There is space in a course, why can’t I register?

During the first round of registration appointment timeslots, some seats in History are reserved for students who require them for their degree plans. Don’t worry: these reserves will be removed during open enrollment which begins on August 31. NOTE:  All reserve capacities will expire for open enrollment. If you meet the pre-requisites for a course, and there is space, you will be able to register at that time.

How do waitlists work? 

SOLUS has a waitlist process so that you can be placed on a waitlist in the event a spot opens up. You can go on a waitlist prior to open enrollment. If there is space at open enrollment, you will be automatically enrolled into the course (as long as you have space in your schedule). For more information on waitlists, please see the Faculty of Arts and Science course registration page. 

Are syllabi available?

Instructors are currently working on the final details of courses for Fall 2021, so current syllabi are only available by request.

What is an Academic Requirements Report or ARR?

Your Academic Requirements Report (ARR) helps you determine how many units you need to take and what course you might need for your plan. It is a handy tool that overviews what you have satisfied so far with respect to your degree plan requirements. See the Academic Resources page for more information on your Academic Requirements Report. 

I need registration help—what do I do?

The best place for support with SOLUS is the Faculty of Arts and Science. If you have any questions about the History program course planning, or your degree requirements, email the Undergraduate Office at


Note on the Revised Degree Plan 2021

The Department of History has implemented a revised degree plan for students who declare a History Major or Medial in the spring of 2021 and for all future History Majors and Medials. This revised degree plan includes the reweighting of the History department’s upper-level seminar courses from 4.5 to 3.0 units (9.0 to 6.0-units for yearlong courses).

The plan revision will not impact tuition costs or the total number of units required to complete a degree in History.

Students who enrolled in a History Major or Medial prior to Spring 2021 will remain in their original degree plan, continuing with 4.5-unit seminars until graduation. The Department is dedicated to making sure this is a smooth transition for all students. If you have questions, please email


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