History Undergraduate Program


About The Program

The Department of History offers undergraduate students a range of courses and fields normally found only in larger universities. The subjects are diverse and fascinating, ranging from first year courses on rum-running in Canada, the history of the body, war in the modern world, magic and witchcraft in the Middle Ages, contemporary Canadian history, the history of epidemic disease, the history of visual culture, Canadian history on film, and military history "from Plato to NATO," and that's just a few of our first-year courses taught recently. We also teach more traditional surveys (foundation courses) of Canadian, American, European, and Medieval histories, and an impressive array of advanced courses that reflect the diverse research interests of our faculty members and instructors.

Every year our students run an undergraduate History Society, which includes managing a refereed undergraduate journal, Timepieces.


What to Expect

Year One: Students can take up to 6 credit hours of history courses in their first year.

  • There are a number of options for first year students in History, including our General Interest 1000 level courses, or the 2000 level Foundation courses. While most introductory courses include some form of discussions, Foundation courses always include a weekly tutorial.
  • In Foundation tutorials, small groups of students and an instructor discuss issues raised in the lectures and in the assigned readings. Students also receive help in the development of skills relating to History: conceiving of a topic, conducting the research, and writing papers. Tutorials provide a friendly, supportive atmosphere that helps new students adjust to the academic demands of university study.

Year Two: In the second year, students who wish to pursue the study of history further may choose to take up to 12 ch of general introductory, foundation or other history courses.  As students choosing to specialize in history are required to complete 6 ch of Foundation courses (and may complete up to 12 ch of Foundation courses), it is normal to take the Foundation course(s) in the first and/or second year.

  • Selecting a Major: By the end of their second year, if not before, students are expected to select an area of specialization from among the disciplines of the Arts Faculty. Those choosing to specialize in history may choose to enter either the Majors Program or the Honours Program. Both of these programs may be combined with other disciplines as a joint Major or joint Honours program.
  • Areas of Concentration: include Canadian, American, Medieval Europe, Early Modern Europe, Modern Europe; and Military History.
  • History and other Disciplines: Combinations with English, Political Science, French, and Sociology are particularly common. Minors in History, in which a student's area of concentration lies mainly in another discipline, are also available. It may also be possible for history students to pursue joint degrees such as the BA/BSc and the  BA/BCS degrees.

Years Three and Four: Since these are the Majors and Honours years, please turn to those webpages for detailed descriptions. See also the Honours Regulations page.

A list of undergraduate courses and more information about the Department's undergraduate programs may be found in the UNB Undergraduate Calendar. which spell out the requirements for that program, and other specific information may be obtained through their links here or in hard copy from the Department itself.  For the many courses offered abroad in locales such as Rome, London or New York, visit the Intersession Abroad webpage.

There are a number of awards and essay prizes for which History students are eligible: Undergraduate History Awards.


To learn more about History:

Chair, Department of History
University of New Brunswick
P.O. Box 4400
Fredericton, N.B., Canada
E3B 5A3

Phone: (506)-453-4621

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