History

at UBC's

Okanagan Campus

Shape your understanding of political, economic, and social change, from the dawn of civilization to the 21st century. A historian might conduct research in an institution where artifacts and documents of the past are held, or curate collections of historical exhibitions in museums and galleries. Historians are expert storytellers and may develop journalistic or historical works of fiction in print, online, or multimedia platforms.

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Program information

  • Campus: Okanagan
  • Faculty: Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
  • Length 4 yrs
  • Co-op Yes
    You can combine your studies with full-time, paid work at top local and international organizations.
  • Honours Yes
    You can study intense specialization in a single field.

History is the interdisciplinary study of past civilizations and their development. Offering study opportunities from the dawn of civilization to the present day and covering all of the continents, the program helps you to understand political, economic, and social change. It also provides the tools to analyze and form opinions based on the multiple sources of evidence that can be gathered from each historical era.

Undergraduate research

In fourth year you have the option of completing directed studies, where you will undertake a supervised investigation of an assigned topic in history, culminating in a major term paper. The Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences holds an annual undergraduate research conference on UBC’s Okanagan campus to showcase student research projects.

What can you do with this major after graduation?

Your future

A UBC education will introduce you to people and ideas from around the world, open doors to new opportunities, and take you places you never imagined. You’ll graduate not only with expertise in your chosen field, but with the skills you need to continue growing, learning, and evolving with your career over time.

Program requirements

English-language requirements

English is the language of instruction at UBC. All prospective students must demonstrate English-language competency prior to admission. There are numerous ways to meet the English Language Admission Standard.

General admission requirements

  • Completion of the IB Diploma with a minimum score of 24 points, including at least three Higher Level courses and additional points for Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge.
  • Completion of Standard Level or Higher Level English A at a minimum score of 3, where English is the primary language of instruction.

Degree-specific requirements: Arts

No additional courses beyond the general admission requirements.

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