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Prospective Students

When you apply to Queen’s University after completing high school, or its equivalent for international students, you will apply to the Faculty of Arts and Science. Like most programs in the Faculty of Arts and Science, the History Department does not offer direct entry. Instead, we welcome our new cohort of History Majors, Medials, and Minor students in May at the end of your first year. This allows you to explore a variety of first-year courses before selecting your degree plan, one of the major benefits of pursuing an undergraduate degree at Queen’s University. To learn more about admissions requirements for first-year students, please visit the Undergraduate Admissions website. We look forward to welcoming you to the History Department at the end of your first year.

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 government, law, business, education, management consulting, public relations, advertising, journalism, publishing, and the heritage sector. To learn more about the career opportunities available to History students, visit our Career & Alumni Pages to learn more.

As a History Major or Medial student, you will have the opportunity to enroll in both large and small lecture and seminar courses to complete your degree plan requirements. You will also have access to enroll 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 for advice. It is much easier to switch from a Medial to a Minor degree plan but it can be difficult, but not impossible, to switch from a Minor to a Medial. Our team of Peer Advisors would be happy to talk to you about plan selection and all the opportunities available to History Major and Medial students.

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 We look forward to meeting you in September and welcoming you to the Department of History! 

Department of History, Queen's University

49 Bader Lane, Watson Hall 212
Kingston ON K7L 3N6




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