Bachelor of Arts - History

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• The History Department would like to congratulate MSVU History graduate Matthew Verge on being co-winner of the 2013 David Alexander Prize, which is awarded annually to the best undergraduate essay in Atlantic Canadian history.

• Four MSVU history students - Andrew Murphy, Daniel Frelick, Erin Murray, and Matthew Verge - presented papers at the 2013 Atlantic University Undergraduate History and Classics Conference to be held 15-17 March at UNB.

• The MSVU History Department is now on Twitter. Follow us @MSVU-History

• MSVU History graduate Jenny Davison is the recipient of a 2012 McGraw-Hill Ryerson Student Scholarship.

• The History Department welcomed a guest speaker - Mi'kmaq artist Ursula Johnson - in honour of Mi'kmaq History Month. The talk took place on Wednesday, 24 October, from 3:00-4:00 pm, in Seton 404.

• The Department of History's Career Night took place on Wednesday 10 October from 6:00-7:30 pm in Seton 404. History graduates Vicki Gesner, Christine Eisan, Erin Miller and Katie Puxley talked about how they have used their degrees in their careers. 

• The Department of History, in conjunction with the Department of English, hosted an information session on applying to Graduate School on Wednesday 3 October.

• MSVU hosted the 2011 Atlantic University Undergraduate History and Classics Conference.

• Click here to view updates on past graduates of the Mount's history program.

• Click here to view our archived news

History and You

The study of History at the Mount involves what the past means and can mean for you. Our courses cover a wide range of subjects in North American, European, World and women’s history. They will allow you to gain a deeper understanding of the past, of change and continuity in the evolution of human societies and cultures, and of our complex global present. You will learn about your own history and be exposed to others’ histories.

History courses will also help you develop skills in reading, project planning, research, writing, and speaking that will serve you well no matter what your career goals. Small classes encourage personal interaction and discussion as well as easy access to your instructors, who are all closely engaged in teaching and their research.

The skills and knowledge you will gain as a History student will give you the flexibility and adaptability required in today’s rapidly changing job-market. History graduates find careers in journalism, law, teaching at all levels, libraries and information management, archival administration, museums and public history, tourism, publishing and editing, social activism, government service, business and industry, in fact any future you want to follow.


You may choose to do a major, a combined major, a minor, a concentration or an honours degree in History. A major (20 units) requires the completion of 8 units of history, while the combined major consists of 6 units of history and 6 units of your other combined major. The minor requires 3 units of history, and the concentration, taken as part of a B.A.-General Studies (15 units), requires 4. The honours degree (20 units) gives students the opportunity to study history in more depth by completing 10 units of history and writing a thesis on a historical topic of their choice.

You may also take history courses as electives. All our 1000- and 2000-level courses are open to all students and have no prerequisites.

These checklists list the requirements for each History program:

Combined Major

For more information about our programs, courses, and faculty, check our website or contact the Chair of the Department.

Contact Us

Department of History
Mount Saint Vincent University
166 Bedford Highway
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Canada B3M 2J6

Chair: Dr. Adriana Benzaquen

Administrative assistant:  Ms. Tracy McDonald 

Contact information for all department members can be found in Contact Us (Staff Directory) and on individual Faculty Profile pages.

The fax number for the Department of History is:  902-457-6455.  You may use this number to send a fax to any member of the department.

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