About

Historians study how societies change over time and use past events to help understand modern concerns surrounding a wide array of topics including environmental crisis, colonialism, addiction, mental health, and changing gender roles.


Quick facts
  • Three or four year degree
  • Full or part-time program
  • You can enter this program directly from high school
  • You can begin this program off-campus

What you will learn

You will learn to use written texts, oral histories, primary documents, artifacts and material culture to understand topics ranging from Roman architecture to queer marriage, Renaissance magic to contemporary environmental conflicts, and from residential schools to drug wars.

A first-year schedule sample

This degree program is flexible and offers you the opportunity to take courses in many different subject areas. Here’s what a typical first-year schedule might look like:

CourseDescription

Fall Term
HIST 145* History Matters War Violence and Politics
GEOL 109* The Earth and Life through Time
ANTH 111* One World Many Peoples Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
HIST 135* History Matters: Gender, Sex, and Society
IS 110* Global Issues

Winter Term

HIST 165*

History Matters Health and Society
BIOL 121* General Chemistry II Chemical Processes
FREN 103* Beginning French I
ENG 110* Literature and Composition
WGST 112* Introduction to Womens and Gender Studies

* These are elective courses. You will be able to choose from a variety of electives based on your interests.

The Course and Program Catalogue has the full listing of required classes and their descriptions for this program.

HIST 208: The Roman Republic
This course examines the early history of ancient Rome and its domination of the ancient Mediterranean world, chronologically spanning the foundation of Rome in 753 BCE to the end of the Republic at the Battle of Actium in 30BCE. Two over arching questions will shape our investigation: what internal and external factors allowed Rome to extend its empire first over Italy and then over the Mediterranean basin? Why did the government of Rome by the SPQR - senate and people of Rome – the system called the Republic- ultimately fail and fall to civil war and monarchy established by Julius Caesar and his successors? Seeking answers to these questions will entail the exploration not only of events and actors in Roman history but the underlying political and social factors that shaped Rome: Rome’s political system; its ideas about family; aristocratic competition; economy, agriculture and slavery; the roman army and society; the city of Rome and urban violence; the nature of roman imperialism.

HIST 331: Magic Science and Religion before the Scientific Revolution
Medieval magic was founded upon conventional scientific and religious presuppositions. It was also unconventional and illicit. Examines magical literature and traditions from third- to sixteenth-century Europe, the place of magic in early European history, and reflects on the theoretical issues surrounding the classification of magic.

HIST 388: Mass Killing and Genocide in the Twentieth Century
An examination of major mass killings in the twentieth century. The course analyzes the definitions and theories of mass killings, including genocide and ethnic cleansing. It also discusses how the international community can best detect and prevent a mass killing using such tools as international law and humanitarian intervention.

The University of Saskatchewan’s History Department is one of the strongest in Canada and offers numerous summer research assistantships and study abroad opportunities.  We offer:

Hands-on learning
We offer a diverse range of experiential and community engaged learning opportunities and guided research in the City of Saskatoon with community partners.

Study abroad opportunities
Earn credits towards your degree while travelling within Canada or overseas in places like Paris, Rome or South Africa. 

Outstanding Faculty
Faculty and instructors are approachable, available for questions and concerns. Our faculty members have won a series of teaching awards for their innovative and enthusiastic approaches to teaching.

Small class sizes
The Department of History prides itself on our ability to offer small-scale discussion groups (tutorials) in our first-year classes, mid-sized second-year lecture classes, and small class sizes (seminars) in the third and fourth years of our program.

Research projects
Starting in first year, you can engage in original research projects in our one-of-a-kind History Matters course series.

Careers

Some career opportunities include:

  • Archivist
  • Biographer
  • Curator
  • Exhibit designer
  • Historian
  • Journalist
  • Heritage research assistant
  • Teacher
  • Researcher
  • Historical Consultant
  • Programs Manager
  • Lawyer

Tuition estimates

Canadian studentsInternational students
Tuition $6,103 $15,867
Fees $835 $835
Books $1,500 $1,500
Total $8,438 $18,202

Tuition will vary depending on the type and number of classes you take in a year. This estimate reflects a typical amount you could expect to pay in your first year if you enroll in a full course load (the maximum number of courses allowed).
Fees are used to fund specific student benefits, including health, vision and dental coverage, a bus pass, recreational programs and fitness centre access.
The cost of books and supplies varies widely depending on the courses you choose. It is recommended that you budget between $1,000-$2,000 per year.

Program options

These Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) History degrees are offered by the University of Saskatchewan's College of Arts and Science:

  • Bachelor of Arts Four-year
  • Bachelor of Arts Three-year
  • Bachelor of Arts Honours
  • Bachelor of Arts Double Honours 

You should consult with an academic advisor in the college when you begin your studies to decide if you want a four-year, three-year or honours degree.

Admission requirements and deadlines

Deadlines

Start term Application DeadlineInternational Deadline
Winter
January 2018
Dec 1, 2017
Documents due: Dec 15, 2017
Sep 1, 2017
Documents due: Oct 1, 2017
Spring
May 2018
Apr 1, 2018
Documents due: May 1, 2018
Feb 1, 2018
Documents due: Mar 1, 2018
Summer
July 2018
May 1, 2018
Documents due: Jun 1, 2018
Mar 1, 2018
Documents due: Apr 1, 2018
Fall
September 2018
May 1, 2018
Documents due: Jun 1, 2018
Apr 1, 2018
Documents due: May 1, 2018

Ready to apply?

A non-refundable application fee of $90 CDN is required before your application will be processed.

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