History

What is history? Interest in the past is almost as old as society. The past may be close at hand. We can find it in old photographs of our family and our town. The past may also be so remote that reaching it at all is a challenge. We can study cultures that ceased to exist many centuries ago and have left scant traces. But does the past matter? It matters when we are curious about ourselves and believe that our existence is rooted, not only in genes, but also in a cultural heritage.

History seeks to discover the past through the methodical study of written and oral sources, increasingly in conjunction with artifacts. History is not a science. Our collective past cannot be analyzed in terms of constant laws and processes that invariably produce the same results. Attention to history rarely prevents old mistakes from being made all over again. But history brings us face to face with real people and the things they did and suffered. Studying them from a distance, we can often understand them better than was possible at the time and better than we can understand developments in our own time.

The principal goals of the history program are to help students:

  • develop the ability to read and think critically, write effectively and originally, express ideas, and advance arguments orally
  • appreciate the variety and diversity of the past
  • find meaning in past events which inform the present
  • acquire a "common store" of culturally important knowledge
  • appreciate history as an evolving discipline which constantly generates new insights
  • understand how Canada and the world became as they are today.

For information or brochures on undergraduate programs and courses, on the M.A. and Ph.D. programs in history, and on career opportunities, students can contact the Department of History at 522 Arts Building, Tel: 306-966-5797, Fax: 306-966-5852, E-mail: hist.dept@usask.ca.

The History Undergraduate Students' Association (HUSA) is open to all students and offers a program of academic and social events. The History Department blog What's Up, announces departmental events and celebrates the achievements and all the news relating to History students, alumni, faculty, and friends.  For the latest details about anything to do with the department and our programs, be sure to see the Department of History website.

Major Average

The major average in History programs includes the grades earned in:

  • first 6 credit units of 100-level HIST taken (Students may take an additional 3 credit units of 100-level HIST which will be credited to Requirement 7 and not included in the major average.)
  • All senior HIST and all courses listed in the Major Requirement A6.

Residency Requirements in the Major

To receive a degree in History, students must complete at least two-thirds of the following coursework (to the nearest highest multiple of 3 credit units) from the University of Saskatchewan.
  • 6 credit units of 100-level HIST
  • Minimum requirements in Major Requirement A6.

See Residency for additional details.

Bachelor of Arts Four-year (B.A. Four-year) - History

Bachelor of Arts Three-year (B.A. Three-year) - History

Bachelor of Arts Honours (B.A. Honours) - History

Bachelor of Arts Double Honours - History - Specialization 1

Double Honours - History - Specialization 2

History - Minor

Courses in Other Departments

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