Honours Program

The Essence of the Honours Program

  • a significant thesis project

  • explicit training in historiography and methodology in HIST 333 and HIST 433

  • small tutorials with like-minded and dedicated students

  • a strong sense of intellectual community; an esprit du corps

In the History Honours Program, students make the shift from being consumers of history to becoming producers of honours2.jpghistorical knowledge. Participation in small seminars and the preparation of a graduating essay helps them to develop skills in critical thinking, research and writing, oral presentation and argument. Many honours students go on to graduate school in history, but the program is designed for all academically able and highly motivated students interested in a research-intensive program. Many History Honours students have gone to law school, gotten education degrees, or pursued other forms of professional training.  To help students succeed in the program, honours students are closely mentored by faculty members throughout their two years. In addition, honours students create their own close knit intellectual and social community through shared seminars, dedicated study space, and infectious enthusiasm for the study of history.

For a full list of theses completed in the History Honours Program, check out the History Honours Thesis Archive.

History Honours can be combined with the Arts Co-op Program.  The Arts Co-op Program has one intake period annually in September. Applications are normally available on the Arts Co-op web site in August.  We recommend that students interested in combining History Honours with Arts Co-op apply for the Co-op program in their second year and do their first Co-op term prior to the start of third year. However, it is also possible to apply to the Arts Co-op Program in your third year after you have entered the Honours Program.  You can find out more about the Arts Co-op program at http://artscoop.ubc.ca/.

If you want to pursue this option, you should speak to the Honours Chair, Prof. Robert Brain and to Julie Walchi, the Director of Arts Co-op (Julie.walchi@ubc.ca) in order to work out a schedule for your co-op terms.

We encourage students interested in studying abroad to combine History Honours with one of the many exciting international exchange opportunities available through UBC's Go-Global Program.  A one semester exchange can be incorporated into your History Honours Program without delaying graduation.  A two-semester exchange is also possible, but in most cases will require adding at least one semetser to your studies at UBC.  You can find out more about Go-Global Programs at http://www.students.ubc.ca/global/. 

If you want to pursue this option, you should speak to the Honours chair, Prof. Robert Brain, and contact Go-Global at go.global@ubc.ca or 604-822-0942.