Bachelor of Arts: History Major (4-Year)

Number of credits required from Athabasca University: 30 credits.

Maximum credit awarded in this program for prior learning through Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) processes: 9 credits.

Program Learning Outcomes

As a result of completing this program, students should be able to

  • situate contemporary events in broader historical contexts.
  • explain changing social attitudes as the product of specific contexts and events.
  • recognize the ways in which knowledge is socially constructed and sanctioned.
  • discuss significant debates and changing practices within the historical profession.
  • describe major historiographical trends and assess their strengths and weaknesses.
  • evaluate information for its relevance and reliability.
  • articulate logical arguments based on relevant information.
  • identify multiple possible explanations for events.
  • interpret historical evidence carefully and assess for possible bias.
  • plan and conduct research that is accurate, thorough and broadly based.
  • communicate research results clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing.

Possible Career Options

  • Historic Interpreter
  • National/Provincial Park Interpreter
  • Parks Canada Service Supervisor
  • Researcher
  • Probation Officer
  • Museum Technician/Assistant
  • Museum Interpreter
  • Volunteer Co-ordinator
  • Travel Agent
  • Employment Recruiter
  • Management Trainee
  • Customer Service Agent
  • Heritage Assistant
  • Preservation/Restoration Assistant
  • Immigration Officer
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Events Co-ordinator
  • Writer
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) Teacher
  • Lobbyist
  • Collections Manager

Possible Further Education Options

At Athabasca University

At Other Educational Institutions*

  • graduate studies in history/interdisciplinary studies
  • library science
  • law
  • police studies
  • social work
  • education: bachelor/master
  • English as a second language (ESL) teacher training

* Entrance requirements vary among educational institutions. It is the students’ responsibility to research the entrance requirements of other educational institutions.


Updated June 29 2017 by Web Strategy, Advancement