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History: Associate of Arts Degree


In the Associate of Arts Degree in History you will be introduced to the discipline and will be prepared for further study, either in History, or in other areas. By completing the Associate of Arts degree you will gain a broader understanding of the world in which you live and will become a more informed and engaged citizen. You can focus on a particular geographic region; however, we recommend that you complete as broad a range of courses as possible.

The Associate of Arts degree can be used as an entry pathway into the Bachelor of Arts Degree in History; however, you should note that the BA only requires six credits of History at the first year level and six credits of History at the second year level.

History courses are reading and writing intensive. It is therefore strongly recommended that you complete the English requirements of your degree within your first two semesters.

Admission Requirements

The Faculty's Admission Requirements, which consist of KPU's undergraduate English Proficiency Requirement, apply to this program.

Curricular Requirements

Within the framework of the Associate of Arts Degree, students must complete at least 60 credits with a minimum grade of C in each course and meet the following course requirements.

A minimum of 12 credits chosen from the following core courses:
  HIST 1113 Cultures in Collision: Canada to 1867 3 credits
  HIST 1114 Forged in Fire: Canada since 1867 3 credits
  HIST 1120 The Age of Barbarism: Europe 1900 to 1939 3 credits
  HIST 1121 From Total War and Genocide to Coexistence: Europe since 1939 3 credits
  HIST 1130 Empires in Arms: Twentieth Century World 1900 to 1945 3 credits
  HIST 1131 Atom Bombs to the Internet: Twentieth Century World 1945-2000 3 credits
  HIST 1145 Expansion, Revolution, & Civil War: American History 1607-1865 3 credits
  HIST 1146 World Wars, Reform, & Cold War: American History 1865-1974 3 credits
  HIST 1150 Beyond the Middle Kingdom: Introduction to East Asian History 3 credits
  HIST 2101 Europe in the Middle Ages 3 credits
  HIST 2102 Europe 1450 to 1789 3 credits
  HIST 2119 Europe 1789 to 1914 3 credits
A minimum of 9 credits from HIST courses numbered at the 2300 level or higher.

Credential Awarded

Upon successful completion of this program, students are eligible to receive an Associate of Arts Degree in History.

At a Glance

Faculty of Arts


Program Type:

  • Undergraduate

Credential Granted:

  • Associate 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:

  • 60

Instructional Cycle:

  • Semester-based

Curriculum Effective Date:

  • 01-Sep-2011

Applying to KPU:

Last Updated: 14-Jun-2018

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