Understand the forces of history

Understand the forces of history

To make sense of current affairs and steer a course to a better future, it is crucial to learn from the past.

A Bachelor of Arts with a major, minor, or extended minor in History can help you develop a sound understanding of the forces shaping human experience. Not only that: as you make inquiries into questions of local, national, and international relevance, you also develop the valuable research, organizational, analytical, writing and public speaking skills that are key to success in the workforce.

Learn in a relaxed, yet challenging, environment, led by highly qualified faculty with a wide range of expertise in European, North American, Latin American, and South and East Asian history. Areas of specialty run the gamut from military to Aboriginal and gender history, and include social, political, cultural, and intellectual history, as well as public and visual history.

Enrol in history courses as electives for personal interest. Or take a major, minor, or extended minor in history as part of a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science; a minor or extended minor as part of a bachelor's degree in Kinesiology; or a minor as part of a bachelor's degree in General Studies.

Small class sizes ensure that UFV instructors are approachable and have time to help you lead your own inquiries into the past. You can also take advantage of optional paid co-op work placements to graduate with real work experience, a network of contacts, and references for other employment or graduate school.

Career Outlook for History

A study by the Education Policy Research Initiative (EPRI), based on the tax records of University of Ottawa graduates, reports that social sciences and humanities graduates enjoy steady increases in earnings, starting at an average of $40,000 after graduation and up to $80,000 only 13 years later — similar to the average earnings of math and science grads.

A Bachelor of Arts in History equips you with the communications and critical thinking skills necessary to launch a career in areas such as politics, publishing, public relations, or public administration. An undergraduate degree in History is also excellent preparation for further studies in law, archival science, or education. It is a prerequisite to teaching in elementary and secondary schools, and working in museums, or in the field of archival and heritage preservation. It can lead to a career as a university or college professor, or as a researcher for various public and private agencies.