Bachelor of Arts - History

4 years
20,790 CAD/year
Rolling admission
Rolling admission
St. John's / Canada
Memorial University of Newfoundland

Program description

Everything we see around us, from constitutions to popular culture, is a product of human construction. Through the study of fascinating parts of our past, history provides an opportunity to build research and writing abilities.

History studies create a critical awareness of the past as it relates to our current reality. This programme generates a timeline of human events from the depths of recorded history, teaching us where we came from and illuminating where we are heading.

Our department views history as a basic discipline within the liberal arts and social science traditions, one that not only fosters key research, writing, and analytical abilities, but also encourages knowledge and memory of the past as necessary for an engaged citizenry.

Our teaching and research spans a wide geographical range, from Newfoundland and Labrador to the entire globe. The History Department also provides courses on film, women, the environment, military conflict, and maritime history from antiquity to the present.

Program structure

History of War and Society from 1789 to the Present

  • Seafaring Places and Seafaring Peoples
  • The Atlantic Slave Trade
  • Modern Latin American History
  • Making Canada: Canadian History to 1867
  • Modern Canada: Canadian History Since 1867

The Menace of Progress: Colonialism and the Making of the Modern World

  • Gendered History: Women in Newfoundland and Labrador
  • A History of Central Europe: the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, and Hungary
  • Gender in Canadian History
  • History of Terrorism
  • The Roma of Central and Eastern Europe

The History of Environmental Ideas in Canada and the United States

  • Topics in United States Film and History
  • Special Topics in North American History
  • The North American Frontier
  • Topics in U.S.-Canadian Relations
  • Topics in U.S. Cultural History


  • 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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