History Major

Any 12 credits of Lower Division History taken during the first and second years (your first 60 credits) qualify you for the majors or honours program in history. At least 6 credits of these lower level courses must be at the 200 level.

There are no specific course prerequisites for upper division history courses, but students are expected to have completed most of their lower level requirements. For admission to the honours program, first or high second-class standing is normally required. Six credits from Arts One count as  Lower Division History and may be taken in the first year.

Lower Division courses are primarily intended for first and second year students, but are regarded as essential components in the Major and Minor History programs. If you are a third or fourth year student seeking a history elective, you may also take Upper Division (300 and 400 level) courses in history; there are no pre-requisites.

Students who have transferred Lower Division History credits from other post secondary institutions are also qualified to enter the History Majors or Honours Programs, but at least 6 credits must be at the 200 level. Advanced Placement (AP) (UBC guidelines) and International Baccalaureate (IB) (UBC guidelines) students may also have received lower division history credits.

Note: In order to declare a major you need to complete the Major Advising Form and have it approved by a History Department advisor. You can find the form on this page and the Advising page.

Be sure to read carefully the relevant sections of the UBC Calendar for department and faculty requirements. If you have any doubts or questions, see an Advisor.