History is concerned with the study of the past. It draws on the social sciences and humanities for much of its data and conceptual techniques, but remains essentially a study in the dimension of time, with methods of inquiry appropriate to such a study.

Since the study of history involves examination of people in an almost unlimited variety of situations, it deepens our understanding of people’s capacities and failings. Properly pursued, it trains the mind to generalize on the basis of evidence and to distinguish propaganda from fact.

The Department of History offers a number of programs including the Minor, Major, and Honours in History as well as the combined major in:

  • Honours in History with International Relations
  • Major in History and Philosophy of Science

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Admission to the Honours program requires an application. For the major program, you must complete a program proposal and have it approved by a departmental advisor before you declare your major on the Student Service Centre (SSC), or before you register for third-year courses.

The minor can be declared on the SSC when you have third-year standing.

If you have any questions regarding applications, please contact the department.


Maize Longboat

If you’re having trouble with homesickness reach out to your family and your friends.

Jongwoo Kim: Reimagining History

As one of the co-founders of game development company Kitfox Games, History alumnus Jongwoo Kim (BA ’10) draws upon his love for storytelling in his work as a game programmer.

Montana Hunter: It’s Never Too Late to Get Involved

“Graduating students – don’t forget you can still be involved,” says Montana Hunter, a fourth-year Honours History and International Relations student. “Just because you’re in fourth year doesn’t mean you can’t try to get into something. There’s always some time.”

Nick Zarzycki: Bringing the World to Vancouver

As over 2100 delegates from more than two hundred universities worldwide descend upon Vancouver for the World Model United Nations (WorldMUN) conference, this week has been a long time in the making. Nick Zarzycki, co-organizer of the original bid team, reflects on the process that brought WorldMUN to Vancouver over the past two years.

Canadian Historical Association recognizes UBC History profs

Two professors from the Department of History, Michel Ducharme and Robert McDonald, have won prizes at the 2011 Canadian Historical Association conference. Michel Ducharme was awarded the Sir John A. Macdonald Prize for best book in Canadian history for his latest work, Le concept de liberté au Canada à l’époque des Révolutions atlantiques (1776 – 1838). Robert McDonald was awarded the Clio Prize for lifetime achievement in Canadian history.


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Tel: 604-822-2099

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