Courses & Programs

Courses & Programs

Program Structure

Scroll down for program descriptions (Major, Minor, Honours, Indigenous Studies Minor, Double Major with Arts Administration, Double Major in Social Studies and Secondary Education, Minor in Pre-Law Public History).

Sample courses:

  • The 20th Century World
  • A Global History of Indigenous Peoples
  • Canada and the World in the 20th Century
  • History of Night
  • History of Animals
  • Archives
  • History of Torture
  • The American Civil War
  • Medieval Europe
  • A History of Chinese Civilization
  • Modern Latin America
  • History of Sport in Canada
  • Social History of Disease
  • The War in Vietnam

Major or Minor in History


Students enrolled in the Major in History must successfully complete 48 credits in history courses or cognates, of which a minimum of 24 credits must be completed at Bishop’s. The 48 credits required for the Major must include:

Introductory courses that provide broad surveys and exposure to historical methods and skills.

200 level courses which expose students to national histories or world-wide events as well as historical theories and trends.

200 level courses that concentrate on themes or comparative area studies.

200 level globally-focused courses.

200 level professional courses on applied historical work in archives, museums, and heritage organizations.

300 level courses, which are senior seminar courses devoted to in depth analysis of particular subjects.


Students enrolled in the minor must complete 24 credits in History courses or cognates including:

6 credits in 100 level courses.

A minimum of 12 credits in 200 level courses including 3 credits in each of the four geographic areas offered by the Department.

Honours History

For students interested in graduate work or who wish to continue their historical studies beyond the major, we also offer an Honours in History. Students must complete an additional 12 credits in history courses or cognates in which they must maintain an overall average of 70%. The last 30 credits of the program must be completed at Bishop’s.

Interdisciplinary Double Majors and Minors

At Bishop’s, students may wish to supplement their studies in History with another major, such as International Politics or Drama. This is easily done. Two double major programs especially complementary to History Majors are: Double Major in History and Global Studies and Arts Administration and Double Major in Social Studies and Secondary Education.

Double Major in History and Arts Administration

For students interested in careers in Heritage, such as working in archives, museums, or historic sites they should consider the Arts Administration program which consists of business and administration/management courses, in combination with a concentration of a student’s particular interest. For history, 30 credits of the History Major could count towards the history component of the Arts Administration program. See the Academic Calendar for further information on the Arts Administration program.

Double Major in Social Studies and Secondary Education

For students interested in careers in teaching, we have a major in Social Studies which includes courses in History and Geography that could be combined with their Secondary School studies in Education. See the Academic Calendar under Education for further information.

Minor in Indigenous Studies

Housed in the department of History, this interdisciplinary minor allows students to explore the world from the perspective of the indigenous peoples of various countries and continents and from within various disciplines. Courses that make up the minor come from history, sociology, environmental studies and geography, religious studies and political studies. The focus of the minor is to allow students to learn about indigenous cultures before, during and after contact with the imperializing forces of Europe. The minor includes courses on North America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. This minor may be complementary to a degree in International Studies.

Students must either take HIS 108, SOC 107 or ENG 123 as an introductory course, and must complete their minor with HIS 300, SOC 396 or ENG 358. In addition to those courses, students need to take an additional 18 credits from the approved list.

Minor in Pre-Law

For students interested in Law, this minor introduces students to the competencies required for the LSAT: analytical reasoning, logical reasoning, reading comprehension and writing ability. For further information see the Pre-Law program, under the Division of Humanities, in the Academic Calendar.