Bachelor of Arts - Historical Studies

4 years
20,790 CAD/year
Rolling admission
Rolling admission
Corner Brook / Canada
Memorial University of Newfoundland

Program description

Students in our four-year bachelor of arts degree are challenged to investigate the practical and intellectual aspects of history that will engage, challenge, excite, and inspire them. The programme focuses on significant historical events and developments, social and cultural circumstances, shifting ideas, and the lives of people who have shaped or have been shaped by historical change.

History is the live, breathing story of the past, of how events from the past continue to influence the world today. The Historical Studies curriculum provides several approaches to understanding this story of how Western societies, cultures, and nations evolved from the days of Greece and Rome to the present, and how this past is perceived.

Courses in European and North American history are available through our curriculum. They cover a wide range of issues, including the origins of European empires, worldwide expansion, and how the world has changed. Indigenous and enslaved peoples, settler migration, nation-states, geopolitical conflict, biographies of individuals, cultural beliefs and ideologies, art, gender, genocide, protest, and revolution are among topics covered in our classes. They are also exposed to both traditional and cross-disciplinary approaches to history study. In other words, distinct techniques, historiographical perspectives and interpretations, and how the past might be examined through different disciplinary lenses.

Program structure

Fall course offerings:

  • Introduction to History, Part I 
  • Empires of the North Atlantic
  • Art History Survey, Part I 
  • Art History Survey I
  • Visual Arts
  • Art History: The Italian Renaissance
  • Women in Western Society and Culture, Part II
  • Historical Methods
  • The Renaissance in Europe, 1400-1550
  • Independent Project in Historical Studies
  • Advanced Research Essay, Part I 
  • Advanced Research Essay, Part II 
  • Advanced Research Essay II

Winter course offerings:

  • History of Classical Greece 
  • The Twentieth Century, Part II
  • Art History Survey, Part II
  • The history of art from the Renaissance to the 20th century.
  • Witchcraft and the Witch-Hunts in Early Modern Europe
  • Indigenous History to 1763
  • Independent Project in Historical Studies
  • Advanced Research Essay, Part I 
  • Advanced Research Essay, Part II


  • Tuition — 20,790 CAD/year

OTHER FEES (REQUIRED) amounts listed are for two semesters

  • Student Services Fee — 100 CAD
  • Students' Union — 140 CAD
  • Recreation Fee — 138 CAD
  • Health Insurance — 523 CAD


Requirements for applicants

  • Certificate of (Complete) General Secondary Education
  • Minimum grade of 4 in the required subject areas
    • English
    • Mathematics
    • Laboratory Science (Biology, Chemistry, or Physics)
    • Social Studies or Modern/Classical Language
    • Elective

If you are currently in high school:

  • When you apply (early acceptance): Current translated interim transcript and a copy of interim transcript in its original language. Documents can be official or unofficial.
  • When you complete your examinations (verified acceptance): Certified translation of your official final Certificate of (Complete) General Secondary Education, including grades and a certified copy of the document in its original language.

If you have completed high school and not attended a post-secondary institution: Certified translation of your official final Certificate of (Complete) General Secondary Education, including grades and a certified copy of the document in its original language.

English language requirements:

  • Cambridge Assessment English — A minimum score of 176 in C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency.
  • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) Assessment — Minimum band scores between 50 and 60 in each of the four skills tested (reading, writing, listening and speaking), with at least two band scores of 60.
  • Duolingo English Test (DET) (until Spring 2024 only) — A minimum score of 115.
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) — A minimum overall band score of 6.5 on the IELTS Academic or IELTS Indicator, with at least a band 6 in reading and writing. General training results are not acceptable.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) — A minimum score of 79 on the TOEFL iBT or TOEFL iBT Home Edition, with a minimum score of 20 in reading and writing, and not less than 17 in listening and speaking.

About the university

Memorial University has a unique responsibility to the people of Newfoundland and Labrador as the only university in the province. Memorial University was founded as a tribute to the Newfoundlanders who gave their lives in military duty during globe War I and later conflicts. We take inspiration from their efforts to create a better future for our province, our country, and the globe.

Over 115 different nations are represented among Memorial University's 19000+ students. Programs range from the traditional to the cutting edge, and can be found at any of Memorial's five locations or online. Memorial University's worldwide network of nearly 100,000 successful alums enhances the institution's capacity and reputation for leadership in research, teaching, and public engagement. Learn more about Memorial University in this quick read.

Vision, Mission

  • Vision — Memorial University will rise to prominence as one of Canada's and the world's top public institutions of higher learning, and it will honor its commitment to serving the people of Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • Mission — When it comes to education, research, scholarship, creative activity, service, and public engagement, Memorial University is committed to being at the forefront of innovation and excellence. International students and scholars are welcomed and supported at Memorial, and the institution's contributions of knowledge and experience are valued on all levels of society.


More than 19,400 students and 3,800 teachers and staff from more than 115 countries study, teach, conduct research, create, and participate in activities at our campuses and other locations. You can attend classes at one of Memorial University's several campuses in Newfoundland and Labrador or anywhere in the world; we also offer 475 courses online.

  • St. John's campus
  • Grenfell Campus
  • Marine Institute
  • Harlow Campus
  • Signal Hill Campus
  • Labrador Campus

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