Honours Specialization with Orientation to a Master of Arts (MA) in History (OMAH)

Honours Specialization with Orientation to a Master of Arts (MA) in History (OMAH)

Graduation Requirements:

In addition to the program requirements listed below, students must also satisfy the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree requirements, which include regulations on first year and subject maximum and breadth requirements.

Program Requirements:

Students will need to achieve a minimum 70% average in the 60 credits presented for the Honours Specialization in History.  Students in OMAH require 66 credits in History, as outlined below.  When calculating OMAH students’ Honours Specialization average, the best 30 credits of 3000 level HIST are considered.

Students must complete the required 6 credits of introductory History with a minimum grade of 60%.

OMAH is a five-year program that guarantees admission to the Master of Arts in History, provided students complete their degree including the OMAH specific courses with a minimum 75% on their last 10 full course equivalents. OMAH students receive a high-impact and exclusive degree in a small class setting. Students will have the opportunity to work closely with faculty while studying in all the major areas of the History program, participating in the History Society, and taking part in an experiential learning course or community or international placement or research assistantship. Students graduate as a Master of Arts in History, a credential that will prepare students for exciting careers or other graduate programs in transitional justice, conflict studies/state violence, history, law, politics, gender, and environmental studies.

Students who are admitted to the BA Honours Specialization in History, and who complete their degree including the OMAH specific courses, with a minimum 75% average on the last ten (10) full (20 half/semester) courses, are guaranteed admission to the Master of Arts (MA) in History. This offer is for the academic year following the completion of their degree. Upon completion of a BA Honours Specialization in History with an Orientation to an MA in History, students must indicate to the Office of the Registrar by the specified deadline they wish to continue on to the MA in History. Candidates must ensure they meet all minimum requirements for their undergraduate degree that include the following set of courses:

Students must complete 120 credits including 60 credits in the Honours Specialization as follows:     
HIST 1000 level   6 cr.
HIST 2000 level   12 cr.
HIST 3906 Experiential Learning for OMAH Students I   3 cr.
HIST 3907 Experiential Learning for OMAH Students II   3 cr.
Additional HIST 3000 level   30 cr.
HIST 4000 level   12 cr.

Breadth Requirements and Electives:

ACAD 1601   3 cr.
Social Science and/or Professional Studies   6 cr.
Science   6 cr.

Of the 60 credits of History that students must complete to earn an Honours Specialization, 3 credits in each of European, international, gender, Canadian, and environmental history must be completed by the time of graduation.


While all efforts will be made to accommodate the student’s choice for an MA supervisor, OMAH students may not get their first choice.

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