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Program requirements

Historical studies

Main program requirements

​​Students will complete 40 courses (three credit hours per course).  

  • ​History 1100 and History 1101 (two courses which together provide an introduction to the discipline of history as well as a survey of Western history from the fifteenth century to the twenty-first century, introducing students to key historical concepts, ideas and events)
  • Four courses from the Early Western History list
  • Four courses from the Later Western Hi​story list

  • History 3840 (Historical Methods)

  • Two courses in 4000-level History courses other than History 4950, 4951 or 4952
  • Senior Project in historical studies - see below

As well as, 

Note: Students must ensure the Grenfell Campus core requirements​ are met.

Advice for Academic Success in Historical Studies (PDF)

Program Guidelines for Students Majoring in Historical Studies (PDF)

Early Wester​​n History

      • History/Classics 2035, 2040, 3090
      • History 2100, 2200, 2260, 2300, 2320, 2330, 3030, 3050, 3110, 3135, 3320, 3370, 3442, 3445, 3551, 3760, 3786
      • History/Anthropology 3520
      • History/Art History 2700, 3700, 3701


​​Later Western ​History

      • History 2120, 2210, 2260, 2310, 2500, 2510, 2540, 3030, 3060, 3102, 3120, 3250, 3330, 3380, 3440, 3460, 3490, 3551, 3675, 3770, 3801, 3807, 3808
      • History/Anthropology/Archaeology 3525
      • History/Art History 2701

Note: the Historical Studies program unit has been developing new courses that cover both Early and Later Western History and thus appear in both categories (i.e., 3030 and 3551).  These courses that are listed in both Early and Later Western History categories cannot be double-counted for both categories.

Note: 4000-level History courses cannot be used as substitutes for the required 2000/3000-level courses in Early or Later Western history.

Senior Project

The historical studies degree at Grenfell culminates with the Senior Project, of which there are two options: i) HIST 4950 Independent Project; or ii) HIST 4951 and 4952 Advanced Research Essay I and II.  In either option, the student brings together all of his or her learning to write an essay on any topic of his or her choice, providing that a faculty member is available to supervise it. The senior project allows the student to delve into areas of history of interest to the student that perhaps were only touched on - or not covered at all - in other courses. Please follow this link for more details: Senior Project​


Minor in historical studies

Students completing a minor in historical​​ studies will complete eight courses (three credit hours per course) including:

  • History 1100 and History 1101

  • History 3840 (Historical Methods)

  • One course (three credit hours) at the 3000 level in History

  • One course (three credit hours) at the 4000 level in History

  • Three additional courses (nine credit hours) in History


Minor in art history

Students may now wish to take a minor in art history at Grenfell Campus. Below are the requirements for a minor in Art History:   

  • Visual Arts 2700 and 2701

  • 18 credit hours in Art History at the 3000- or 4000- level

Chair, Historical Studies

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