Program Information

School: St. Mary’s University
Degree: Bachelor
Field of Study: History, General
Description: The purpose of historical inquiry is not simply to present facts but to search for an interpretation of the past. Historians attempt to find patterns and establish meaning through the rigorous study of documents and artifacts left by people of other times and other places. There is another reason to study history: it’s fun. History combines the excitement of exploration and discovery with the sense of reward born of successfully confronting and making sense of complex and challenging problems.

St. Mary’s latest offering, a four-year Bachelor of Arts with a Major in History is a rich and varied program that will take you on a voyage of discovery which spans the origins of human civilization to the present day. After completing a core course on the History of Western Thought and foundations courses in Canadian and World History, students complete senior courses in the fields of North American, European, World, Intellectual and Social and Cultural History as well as Research Methods. In the final year, students complete a capstone course on the Historians’ Craft and may choose between a major research or service learning project.

URL: Bachelor of Arts with a Major in History at St. Mary’s University
Length: 4 Year(s)
Cost per year:*

This cost estimate is for Year 1 of the program and includes ancillary fees.

Careers: Historians

Admission Requirements

Grade for Entrance Previous Year (%)* 65

These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.

  •  Grade12 English 
  •  Grade12 Pure Mathematics  or  Grade12 Applied Mathematics  or  Grade12 International Languages 

As a high school graduate, you will need to present an average of 65% in five 30-level courses, including English Language Arts 30-1 or higher; Mathematics 30-1 or Pure Mathematics 30, a 30-level language other than English, or Mathematics 30-2 or Applied; and Mathematics 30. For more detailed information, please visit:

Test Scores:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper Based) [min. 550] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 80] or Michigan English Language Assessment Battery [min. 85] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Computer Based) [min. 213] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.5]

Applicants whose country of origin is outside of Canada or the United States who intend to study in Canada on a study permit (student visa) must normally present one of the following tests of English (some countries are considered to be exempt from this policy – contact the Enrolment Services Office for an up-to-date list): TOEFL, Test of English as Foreign Language paper based – 550 (no component score less than 50); computer based – 213 (no component score less than 17); internet based – 80 (no component score less than 19); IELTS – Academic, International English Language Testing System – 6.5 (no individual score less than 6.0); MELAB, Michigan English Language Assessment Battery – 85; CAEL, Canadian Academic English Language Assessment – 60; PTE – Academic, Pearson Test of English – 59; or CLB – Canadian Language Benchmarks – Level 8. Please visit the website for complete details.