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Requirements for the History Major/Minor



The History Department has developed a major that emphasizes student choice. Our intention is that students undertaking a History major will have the opportunity to select from a wide and exciting range of courses that represent the research expertise and teaching interests of our academic staff.


The History programme consists of introductory and advanced courses. Introductory courses are normally taken in the first year while advanced courses are normally taken in subsequent years. First-year courses usually comprise two hours of lectures each week. Advanced courses are divided into survey and seminar courses.


  • Survey courses are intended to introduce the history of geographic area, a country, an event, a historical problem or theme in a specific period. These courses usually involve two lectures per week.

  • Seminar courses involve more advanced study of special topics in history. They also require a higher level of engagement with primary sources and/or historiography. These courses will normally offer no more than one lecture per week, but will also include at least one hour of seminar, tutorial, or workshop classes each week.


Major in History


To obtain a major in History, students are required to take:


  1. At least 6-credits of courses listed under Introductory Courses, designed normally for first-year students.

  3. No less than 54 credits of advanced history courses, including capstone courses. Of these 54 credits, at least 12 credits must be in Asian history and at least 12 credits must be in Western history. This requirement may be met by taking either survey or seminar courses.

  5. 12 credits of any introductory courses from any Arts Faculty programme(s) in the first or second year (which may include additional credits in 1000-level History courses).


Students in the final year must take at least 6 credits of capstone courses listed under Capstone Experience Courses, designed to allow students in their final year to advance their analytical thinking through the application of disciplinary knowledge and principles learned in the previous years. In some cases, students in the sixth semester of study may be permitted to enroll in selected capstone courses.


Any student who is interested in pursuing postgraduate studies in History is encouraged to take either HIST4017 Dissertation Elective (12 credits) or HIST4023 History Research Project (6 credits).


All candidates for the degree of B.A. or from the faculties of Science or Social Sciences who have successfully completed the First Year Examination in any department may enroll in the second to fourth-year courses offered by our Department.


Minor in History


Students from the Arts Faculty and other faculties are welcome to declare a minor in history. To obtain a minor in history, students are expected to take a total of 36 credits with the following components:


  1. At least 6-credit of courses listed under Introductory Courses, designed normally for first-year students.

  3. No less than 30 credits of advanced history courses.



For further details concerning the B.A. major system or how to declare a double-major, you can consult the Faculty of Arts website.