Academic Calendar - 2020 ARCHIVE

Western University Academic Calendar. - 2020ARCHIVE

Western Main Campus

Faculty of Social Science - History

Admission Requirements

Completion of first-year requirements with no failures. Students must have an average of at least 70% in 3.0 principal courses, including 1.0 course from History 1201E, History 1401E, History 1601E, History 1801E, History 1803E, History 1805E, History 1807, History 1810E or the former History 1403E and 2.0 additional courses, with no mark in these principal courses below 60%.

Module/Program Information

9.0 courses

8.0 of these 9.0 courses must be designated essay courses. Course selection must satisfy the geographical and pre-1800 distribution requirements described above in Distribution Requirements for the Honours Specialization, Major, and Specialization.

1.0* course: History 2201E or History 2205E
2.0* courses: 1.0 course from two of the following three categories of Foundation Courses:

United States: History 2301E, History 2310F/G, History 2311F/G, History 2312F/G, American Studies 2310F/G,
European: History 2401E, History 2403E, History 2404E,
World: History 2501E, History 2601E, History 2605E, History 2606E, History 2607F/G, History 2608F/G, History 2611E.

2.0 courses in History at the 2200 level or above. This may include one of the following Classical Studies classes: Classical Studies 3400E, Classical Studies 3410E, or Classical Studies 3450E. 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.
2.0 courses in History at the 3000 level or above.
2.0 courses in History at the 4000 level.

* 2.0 of these 3.0 courses must be taken before year 3.


  1. Geographic Distribution Requirement: The Geographic Distribution Requirement is satisfied by taking 1.0 course from History 2300-2399, History 3300-3399, and History 4300-4399; 1.0 course History 2400-2499, History 3400-3499, and History 4400-4499; and 1.0 course from History 2500-2599, History 2600-2699, History 3500-3599, History 3600-3699, History 4500-4599, History 4600-4699, History 3701E and History 3702F/G.

  2. Pre-1800 Distribution Requirement: The Pre-1800 Distribution Requirement is satisfied by taking 1.0 course from History 2401E, History 2403E, History 2405E, History 2503F/G, History 2607F/G, History 2812E (counts as 0.5 pre-1800 credit), History 3301E, History 3401E, History 3412F/G, History 3423F/G, History 3602F/G, History 3604F/G, History 3605E, History 3709E, History 4412E, History 4421E, History 4501F/G, History 4603F/G,  Classical Studies 3410E, Classical Studies 3450E, the former Classical Studies 3400E, the former History 2809E, the former History 2901E, the former History 3426F/G.  Special Topics courses that satisfy the Pre-1800 Distribution Requirement are listed on the Department website.