Course ID: 2380
Added: September 20, 2022
Tuition Fee: Fair
University Of Toronto
About the Program
Historians study the past to understand it on its own terms, to gain insight into how our world has developed, and in order to influence the present. The study of history covers a wide and diverse range of topics, from the history of aboriginal societies, conquistadors, ethnicity, fascism, labour, psychiatry, patterns of settlement and migration, politics, the Renaissance, revolution, to the automobile, slavery, international relations, trade unions, women’s studies, and more.
The study of history is at the core of any liberal arts education. In order to make sense of political, social, economic, and cultural development, it is essential to understand historical change and continuities. History is also integral to most area studies (East Asian Studies, Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, Canadian or American Studies, etc.) and is a crucial part of the study of political science, economics, sociology, international relations, religion, art history, English—nearly every discipline in the humanities and social sciences. History as a discipline partakes of both the humanities and social sciences: it is a social science because it studies societies and the processes of change, but the method and analytical approach are those of the humanities. Close analysis of problems, critical examination of evidence, and persuasive oral and written communication are all hallmarks of historical inquiry.
History graduates will gain both a broad overview of the contours of history and in-depth knowledge of one or more specific regions, time periods, or thematic specializations. They will understand how social processes, political ideologies, economic trends, and environmental changes have intersected with individual and collective human actions to shape historical change and, ultimately, the world we live in today. History graduates will comprehend how history is written, including the skills and methods of historical research, the use and interpretation of textual and other evidence, and the choices involved in various theoretical and analytical frameworks. They will be able to critically read and assimilate large amounts of information, weigh evidence, draw well-informed conclusions, and present cogent, analytical arguments.
The analytical and communication skills one develops by studying history are critical to a great variety of careers. History graduates put their training directly to use in such fields as law, politics, business, government service, museums, libraries and archives, documentary filmmaking, journalism, international relations, urban planning, teaching, and many other areas. With emphasis on how to analyze issues, read critically, do productive research, delineate a case, and present evidence in support of that case, studying history equips one with both the skills and knowledge for an ever-changing workplace and society.
The History curriculum is designed to give students a solid grounding in a variety of interpretive and methodological approaches, while allowing them a great deal of flexibility to follow their own particular interests. Breadth requirements (detailed below) ensure that students achieve chronological depth and geographic range. There are courses at most levels in American, Asian, African, Latin American and Caribbean, British, Canadian, European, Russian and East European history. Thematic clusters such as medieval history, gender, international relations, and colonialism/post-colonialism help students pursue areas of particular interest.
The 100-level courses are thematically-based and introduce students to the craft and tools of historical research and writing. The 200-level courses are broad chronological surveys of countries, regions, or time periods. They are open to first-year students and have no prerequisites. The 300-level courses enable students to pursue topics in greater depth and methodological sophistication. They are not open to first-year students and frequently have prerequisites. The 400-level courses represent the culmination of an undergraduate’s study of history. They are taught as small-group seminars in which students draw upon the skills they have developed through the course of their History program in research, analysis, and oral and written presentation.
More detailed information concerning the department, history programs and particular courses can be found on our website: www.history.utoronto.ca. There is a History Students’ Association in the Department and there is student participation in the Department meetings and major standing committees.
Combined Degree Program (CDP) offered with Victoria College and Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE)
- Combined Degree Program in HBA/HBSc and Master of Teaching (MT)
Students enrolled in the Minor in Education and Society and Major in History may apply for this Combined Degree Program. For details about application and program requirements, see the Combined Degree Programs section.
Regarding History Courses
Note: Not all of these courses are taught every year. Please check the Arts & Science timetable or the HIS Department website for the list of courses offered in 2022-2023.
First-Year Foundation Seminars
First-Year Foundation Seminars are open only to newly-admitted, Faculty of Arts & Science students (3.5 credits or less). They are 1.0 credit or 0.5 credit courses that focus on discussion of issues, questions and controversies surrounding a particular discipline (or several disciplines) in a small-group setting that encourages the development of critical thinking, writing skills, oral presentation and research methods. FYF seminars are as rigorous and demanding as any other first-year course and require in addition the acquisition of those skills expected of successful undergraduate students. With a maximum enrolment of 30 students each, they are an ideal way to have an enjoyable and challenging small-class experience in your first year. Details can be found at www.artsci.utoronto.ca/future/academic-opportunities/first-year-opportunities/first-year-foundations-seminars.
First-Year Foundation Seminars:
- Count as 1.0 or 0.5 of the 20 credits required for an Hon. B.A., Hon B.Sc. or B. Com.
- First-Year Foundation Seminars are not required to get into any Program of Study. However, they may count towards your Program. Please check with your college registrar for further details.
- Can be counted towards the breadth requirement.
All 100-series HIS courses are mutually exclusive, with the exception of AP, IB, CAPE, or GCE transfer credits. Students may enrol in only one 100-level History course. Students enrolled in more than one of these courses (or who have completed one of these courses or a previous HIS 100-level course with a mark of 50% or greater) will be removed at any time. First-Year students can also enrol in 200-level HIS courses.