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2021-2022 Academic Calendar Mount Royal University 
2021-2022 Academic Calendar Mount Royal University [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

History, BA

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The History major in the Bachelor of Arts four-year program is designed to provide students with a broad base of knowledge in history. Students will also have the opportunity to study a wide variety of topics such as Film and History, Indigenous History, and Public History. Students will develop an understanding of the methods of historical research and analysis, and historical reasoning that distinguish History as a branch of knowledge in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Beyond the intrinsic value of historical study, a BA in History prepares students for graduate studies in History and/or careers in areas such as teaching, law, archival studies, international affairs, journalism, and public administration.

Mount Royal’s BA in History aims to provide students with the following competencies:

  1. foundational knowledge in history;
  2. the ability to locate, read and understand primary and secondary historical sources;
  3. an understanding of historical reasoning and analysis;
  4. a critical understanding of the nature and diversity of past political, economic, social and cultural institutions;
  5. an awareness of the importance of historical context and its relevance to understanding the contemporary world;
  6. the ability to formulate and present, both orally and in writing, cogent interpretations of the past.


Program Structure - History

Total number of three-credit courses (or equivalent) 40 courses minimum
Required courses in History 2 courses
Additional required History courses 16 courses
Elective courses 12 courses
General Education Courses 10 courses
First-year course limit (1000 level) 16 courses maximum
Maximum number of courses outside of the Faculty of Arts, and/or the
Faculty of Science and Technology, and/or designated as General Education courses
8 courses
Course limit in a single discipline 24 courses maximum
Grade Point Average (GPA) to graduate 2.00 minimum

Required Courses

All students must meet the general graduation requirements for the Bachelor of Arts, in addition to the graduation requirements for the History major. 

          *CNST 2233, HUMN 2219, and HUM 2221 may also be used to complete this requirement.


  • 12 Electives courses

Students are eligible to choose any 3-credit university-level course to complete an elective requirement, including Bachelor of Arts- History courses that are not already fulfilling a major requirement. Students should be aware that no more than 24 courses within one discipline will be counted towards their degree (e.g., no more than 24 courses with the course prefix HIST).

General Education Requirements

Ten courses must be completed to meet the General Education requirements to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts - History.

  1. Four courses will be taken at the foundational level: one from each of the thematic clusters. 
  2. Three courses will be taken at the second tier: no more than one from each of the thematic clusters. One of these courses must be from the Numeracy and Scientific Literacy cluster.
  3. Three courses must be taken at the third tier, selected from at least two of the thematic clusters.

Graduation Requirements

Eligibility To Graduate

To be eligible to graduate from a Mount Royal program, a student must have been officially admitted into the program and must normally complete at least 25% of the graduation requirements as a student within the program, except where written approval has been given by the dean/director of the faculty/centre/school.

Normally, 50% of the academic work completed toward the award of a Mount Royal parchment must be completed at the University, except where written approval has been given by the dean/director of the appropriate faculty/centre/school.

Application for Honours after receiving a Bachelor of Arts in the same discipline.

A student who has graduated with a Bachelor of Arts may not apply to enter Honours in the same discipline in which he or she has received the Bachelor of Arts degree.

Time Limitation

All graduation requirements for the BA degree program must be completed within eight years of initial admission to and enrolment in the program. The prior learning of all students entering baccalaureate programs will be fully assessed at the point of admission for possible advanced standing or transfer credit. Applicable credit for prior learning which is recognized at the point of entry into the program will remain valid for the same time limit (eight years) as is permitted to complete the program.

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