Department of Geography, History, and Political and International Studies
Dr. Robynne Healey, Chair
The History program within the Department of Geography, History, and Political and International Studies offers:
- An honours major in History, leading to a B.A. (Honours) degree;
- A major in History, leading to a B.A. degree;
- A concentration in History;
- A minor in History.
History students will become aware of the processes of change and the development of peoples, institutions, environments, and ideas over time. They will investigate how peoples and societies unfolded in response to beliefs, ideas, passions, and material and social conditions. With change continuing today, the study of history prepares students to make sense of this unfolding process.
Awareness of history is a prerequisite for informed citizenship and for understanding how to live as a person of faith in the world. Furthermore, government and business employers are becoming more concerned about understanding political issues, social problems, and public attitudes. Knowledgeable and thoughtful historians can be effective leaders in gaining and sharing an understanding of culture and thus making informed decisions. TWU’s Laurentian Leadership Centre in Ottawa gives students an opportunity to study Canada’s history while also completing an internship that enables them to apply their historical skills in a government or industry setting.
Graduates with a background in history can look for employment in government-related service, administration, business, archives and museums, and teaching. This program is an excellent pre-professional program for law, librarianship, ministerial training, journalism, broadcasting, and administration. The insight, skills of analysis and communication, and dispositions acquired in this field are increasingly recognized as a key to success in today’s world.
Program Checklists and Requirements:
The Honours program in History allows for a greater degree of specialization in History and is especially valuable as a preparation for graduate studies. Also, History students interested in secondary education, who already are required to take a greater number of upper level History courses, may wish to consider the Honours program.
Admission to the Honours program in History is by application to the Department chair. Prospective candidates normally apply at the end of their second year of study, but admission is possible during the third or fourth year. To be admitted, a cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required. A GPA of 3.0 must be maintained in all History courses throughout the duration of the program. An overall GPA of 2.7 is required for graduation.back to top
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