Specialized Honours B.A.

Graduation Requirements

Students must:

  • Successfully complete (pass) at least 120 credits that meet the degree and program requirements of the Faculty of LA&PS with a cumulative grade point average of at least 5.00;
  • Complete 54 credits in History
  • Complete 24 credits of General Education requirements, as described below;
  • Complete at least 36 credits at the 3000- or 4000-level, including at least 18 credits at the 4000-level in History.
  • Meet York’s residency requirement:  at least 27 credits in History (50% of credits toward your major) and at least 30 credits overall must be taken at York University.

General Education

24 credits

  • 24 credits of General Education must be chosen from approved courses in Humanities, Modes of Reasoning, Natural Science and Social Science, including a minimum of 6 credits in each of Humanities, Natural Science and Social Science.
  • A maximum of 9 credits in each of the four areas (Humanities, Modes of Reasoning, Natural Science and Social Science) will count towards fulfilment of General Education requirements.
  • A maximum of 36 credits in General Education will count towards the degree
  • Approved General Education Courses for the F/W 2016-2017 Term

Credits in History

54 credits, including:

6 credits at the 1000-level (Must be taken in the LA&PS History Department)

  • First-year courses taken at Glendon or other universities do NOT satisfy this requirement. (The Department usually counts these as 2000-level courses.)
  • No more than one AP/HIST1000-level course (6 credits) will count towards the HIST Major
  • Upper-year students must obtain permission from the Director of Undergraduate Studies to enrol in an AP/HIST1000-level course.
  • Courses at the 1000-level do not fulfill the departmental requirement that at least one course in the major must deal with history outside Canada and the U.S.A.
  • Exemptions to these requirements are only granted at the discretion of the Director of Undergraduate Studies. Exemptions may be granted if the student has taken a minimum of 18 credits in History courses, in which the student has earned a minimum B+ History grade point average. Students granted such an exemption must take a substitute 6-credit History course at the 3000 level or above.

At least 48 additional credits in History

  • No more than 12 credits in History at the 2000-level will count towards the Major
  • No more than 12 credits in History at the 2000-level will count towards the Major
  • At least 36 credits in History must be at the 3000-level or above, including 18 credits at the 4000-level
  • At least 18 credits in History must be at the 4000-level, including at least two seminars (AP/HIST 4XXX)
  • One 4000-level course must deal with history outside Canada and the U.S.A.; this presumes suitable preparation in the area of the course outside Canada and the U.S.A.

Information on 4000-level History courses

  • The AP/History Department offers two types of 4000-level courses: seminars and colloquia.  Seminars (HIST 4XXX) normally enrol about 18 students and have a substantial research component. Colloquia (HIST 40XX) normally enrol 30 students.
  • Specialized Honours in History Majors must take at least two 4000-level seminars.
  • At least one 4000-level course (6 credits) must deal with history outside Canada and the U.S.A.
  • 4000-level History seminars are NOT offered during the summer session.
  • 4000-level History courses taken at Glendon are normally counted as colloquia
  • History Majors who have successfully completed at least 84 credits may use the online enrolment system to enrol in 4000-level courses for which they have the prerequisite(s).  Students unable to enrol for any reason should contact the course director and the Director of Undergraduate Studies for permission.
  • Exceptionally strong students may enrol in Graduate History courses at the 5000-level with permission of the course director.  Such a course will be entered as AP/HIST 4991, Advanced Seminar in History, on undergraduate transcripts and will count as a 4000-level seminar for departmental degree requirement purposes.   On request, the department will attest, on letterhead, that History 4991 is a graduate-level course.  For further information and permission to enrol, see the Director of Undergraduate Studies.
  • Honours Essay (AP/HIST 4000 6.0):  History Majors of exceptional ability (defined as a B+ or higher average in History) may apply for permission to do an Honours Essay under the supervision of a History department faculty member.   For more information about the Honours Essay, click here

Credits Outside the Major

At least 18 credits (in addition to General Education)

  • i.e., 18 credits in courses that are NOT History courses.

Free Choice

24 credits

  • Additional courses in History or other subjects