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History, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #251 (WUR) Burnaby, Canada
Why study History at Simon Fraser University? It’s not about memorizing dates and names. It’s about asking, “what’s the story so far?” and the story is the development of humanity and society. History is about getting the big picture of how and why things change.
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Historians study everything that humans do, from politics to sexuality to religion to work to war to social movements to science and beyond. Studying history gives you the ability to make sense of a changing world; it gives you perspective and understanding. That’s why people with degrees in history move into careers such as politics, journalism, social justice, education, business, and others. It’s not because they have memorized dates. It’s because they learn how to think deeply and creatively about the world. They learn how to understand complex situations and make sense of them. They learn how to dig to get to the truths beyond the headlines and the news bites and the simple answers. They learn how to understand the past, to make sense of the present, and to shape the future.

The Department of History offered by Simon Fraser University provides courses that introduce students to major world regions and cultures, to historical periods, and to social, political, cultural and economic themes. Our offerings reflect our local context while also providing a global perspective. They build on the knowledge that our students bring to their classes and enrich their understanding of history. In our program and in our teaching we are sensitive to the background of our student population.

Regional studies are the foundational blocks of our undergraduate program and so we have divided our courses into three regional groups: Europe, the Americas, and Africa-Middle East-Asia. We encourage students to develop a comparative approach to history through breadth requirements and thematic and methodological courses. Because we also appreciate the varying interests, expectations, and requirements that our students have, our department allows them a great deal of freedom in choosing courses and putting together individualized programs.

We believe that geographical, cultural, and temporal specializations are essential to the study of history, and, therefore, our program makes it possible for students to pursue concentrations in African, American, Asian, British, Canadian, Latin American, Middle Eastern, and pre-modern and modern European history. We also encourage students to think across regions, periods, and historical approaches. Discussion and oral presentations in small groups are essential parts of our teaching mandate and these are actively pursued in the tutorials of our lecture courses and in our senior seminars. We are also committed to developing student writing and research skills, which means maximizing where possible student access to their instructors.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • The Making of Modern Europe
  • The Making of the British Isles
  • Late Medieval and Renaissance Europe
  • Early Modern Europe, 1500-1789
  • Europe from the French Revolution to the First World War
  • 20th Century Europe
  • Social, Economic, and Political History of the Mediterranean
  • History of Greek Civilization
  • The Greeks in the Ottoman Empire
  • Greece in the 20th Century
  • History of Christianity to 1500
  • Africa after the Transatlantic Slave Trade
  • The Modern Middle East
  • Japan Since 1868

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

Students must arrange to send official transcripts of academic records from all schools and colleges attended to Simon Fraser University. Replaceable documents will not be returned. Irreplaceable documents will be returned to the student personally, on request. If the student’s documents are not in either English or French, Simon Fraser University may require an official translation, certified by an educational official of the student’s country, an official of a Canadian Education Centre, or a Canadian consular or embassy official. 

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Tuition Fee

  • International

    979 CAD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 979 CAD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    195 CAD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 195 CAD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Burnaby

  • 1600 - 2700 CAD/month
    Living Costs

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