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History: Bachelor of Arts Major


The Bachelor of Arts, Major in History, will provide you with the opportunity to study the many peoples and cultures whose contributions have created the world in which we live today. Our BA degree allows you to develop the knowledge, core competencies, and skills characteristic of a traditional BA program, while preparing you to respond creatively and innovatively to a range of challenges in our community and our world. You will gain the literacy and analytical skills demanded by twenty-first century employers. Equally importantly, you will become a better-informed citizen of our increasingly interconnected world. As a History student you will benefit from our faculty's commitment to teaching excellence and from the small class sizes at KPU.

In our lower-level courses, you will begin to build the reading, writing, research, and analytical skills necessary to succeed in upper level history courses. At the upper-level, you will undertake in-depth studies of particular areas or important themes in global development. Please see the History website at for more information on our thematic streams.

All History degree programs are reading and writing intensive. For this reason we strongly recommend that you complete the English requirements of your BA degree within your first two years at KPU.

Admission Requirements

Students pursuing a major in History must be admitted to the Faculty of Arts.

Declaration Requirements

Students intending to graduate with this Faculty of Arts Bachelor’s degree must declare the credential by the time they complete 60 credits of undergraduate coursework. At the time of declaration, the student must satisfy all of the following requirements:

  • In good academic standing with the University
  • Completion of a minimum of 18 credits of undergraduate coursework, including the following with a minimum grade of “C”:
    • 3 credits of ENGL at the 1100 level or higher
    • 6 credits at the 1100 level or higher in the Major area

Curricular Requirements

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree must complete all requirements in the Bachelor of Arts framework in addition to their major or minor program requirements.

History Major

To graduate with a BA Major in History, students must complete:

12 credits from lower-level HIST courses, including at least 6 credits from HIST courses at the 2000 level

12 credits
  HIST 4400 Applications of History 3 credits

27 credits from HIST courses at the 3000 or 4000 level, including at least 6 credits from HIST courses at the 4000 level in addition to HIST 4400.

27 credits
Please see the Course Descriptions section of the Calendar for a full listing of current History (HIST) courses.

Note: HIST 4499 - Selected Topics in History may be repeated more than once for credit, to a maximum of 12 credits.

Credential Awarded

Upon successful completion of the major program students are eligible to receive a Bachelor of Arts. Transcripts will indicate a Major in History.

At a Glance

Faculty of Arts


Program Type:

  • Undergraduate

Credential Granted:

  • Baccalaureate Degree

Offered At:

  • KPU Langley  Langley
  • KPU Richmond  Richmond
  • KPU Surrey  Surrey

Start Date(s):

  • Fall Intake (September)  September
  • Spring Intake (January)  January
  • Summer Intake (May)  May

Intake Type:

  • Open Intake  Open intake


  • Full-time  Full-time
  • Part-time  Part-time

Minimum Credits Required:

  • 120

Instructional Cycle:

  • Semester-based

Curriculum Effective Date:

  • 01-Sep-2015

How to Declare:

Applying to KPU:

Last Updated: 14-Jun-2016

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