New 2021 History Modules

If you have questions or want to see a module checklist of the old vs. new requirements, please contact Rebecca Northcott, Undergraduate Program Advisor, rnorthc2@uwo.ca 

Checklists can be found on our Program Modules webpage.

History Modules are Changing

The Department of History is pleased to announce our new modules. Discussions with students and faculty informed us that we needed to make changes to our modules.  We believe the new modules: 

  • Provide students with the freedom to specialize in their desired fields
  • Make it easier for students to plan their courses and complete their module
  • Provide the Department of History greater flexibility to offer different and new courses each year
  • Ensure that our graduates are well rounded Historians

Overview of Module Changes

  • The Foundation course requirement has been eliminated across all modules
  • The Major has been reduced from 7.0 to 6.0 courses
  • The Geographic Distribution requirement has reduced from 3.0 to 1.0 courses
  • The Pre-1800 Distribution requirement has been reduced from 1.0 to 0.5 courses
  • The History Major, Specialization, and Honours Specialization require a minimum 0.5 4000 level course

New Geographic Distribution Requirement

We want our students to be well rounded, so we are asking them to take at least two courses from two different geographic and/or thematic international areas.

Students must complete at least 1.0 courses from two different geographic and/or thematic international areas:

  • US: 2300-2399; 3300-3399; 4300-4399
  • Europe: 2400-2499; 3400-3499; 4400-4499
  • World: 2500-2699; 3500-3699; 4500-4699
  • Thematic and International: 2700-2899; 3700-3899; 4700-4899

Students can complete the requirement by taking full or half courses. For example, the requirement would be fulfilled by taking 3320E and 2607F, OR 2310F and 2819G, OR 2401E and 2886G, OR 3605E and 2705E.

The Pre-1800 Distribution Requirement

Students must a complete a 0.5 course from the Pre-1800 History list: History 2401E, History 2403E, History 2607F/G, History 2812E, History 2818F/G, History 3301E, History 3401E, History 3402F/G, History 3404F/G, History 3412F/G, History 3602F/G, History 3604F/G, History 3605E, History 4412E, History 4603F/G, Classical Studies 3410E, Classical Studies 3450E.

Progressing History Students – Years 3-4

Students currently enrolled in a History module will be able to decide if they want to follow the new module requirements, or the previous module requirements.  If you want advice on what module to follow, or to compare a module checklist of the new vs. old requirements, please contact Rebecca Northcott, Undergraduate Program Advisor, rnorthc2@uwo.ca

New History Students – Year 2

New module students will be required to follow the new module structure.

The New Major in History – 6.0 courses

5.0 of the 6.0 must be essay courses
1.0 course: History 2201E or 2205E
3.5 courses in History at the 2200 level or above.

  • 1.0 History course taken at the 2100 level can be counted if the student achieves a grade of 75% or higher, though it will not satisfy distribution requirements
  • This may include one of the following Classical Studies classes: 3410E or 3450E

1.0 course in History at the 3000 level or above
0.5 courses in History at the 4000 level

The New Specialization in History – 9.0 courses

8.0 of the 9.0 must be essay courses
1.0 course: History 2201E or 2205E
4.0 courses in History at the 2200 level or above.

  • 1.0 History course taken at the 2100 level can be counted if the student achieves a grade of 75% or higher, though it will not satisfy distribution requirements
  • This may include one of the following Classical Studies classes: 3410E or 3450E

3.0 course in History at the 3000 level or above
1.0 courses in History at the 4000 level

The New Honours Specialization in History – 9.0 courses

8.0 of the 9.0 must be essay courses
1.0 course: History 2201E or 2205E
4.0 courses in History at the 2200 level or above.

  • 1.0 History course taken at the 2100 level can be counted if the student achieves a grade of 75% or higher, though it will not satisfy distribution requirements
  • This may include one of the following Classical Studies classes: 3410E or 3450E

2.0 course in History at the 3000 level or above
2.0 courses in History at the 4000 level

The New Minor in History – 4.0 courses

3.0 of the 4.0 must be essay courses
1.0 course:
History 2201E or 2205E
1.0 courses: in History at the 2100 level or above.
1.0 courses: in History at the 2200 level or above.
1.0 course: in History at the 3000 level or above

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