Studying history helps us to understand our world and to envision the way forward. It teaches us where our individual and societal values came from, and increases our awareness of the realities different groups of people face around the world. 

McGill’s History program is highly flexible, emphasizing breadth and depth while introducing you to different historical theories and methodologies. You can select from a wide variety of courses on diverse cultures and societies around the world, from antiquity to contemporary times. You can also find common ground between different cultures and times by studying history thematically through courses on history and sexuality, imperialism and colonialism, histories of science, environmental history, and the history of thoughts and ideas.  

At McGill, you can design a program that matches your interests, no matter what geographies, periods, methodologies and issues you are passionate about. 

Learn how to sift through evidence, analyze arguments, and compare widely different interpretations. Develop and hone your writing skills, critical thought, and your ability to present and defend your ideas on and off paper.


A degree in history leads to many academic and career options after graduation. You could enter graduate school in another history-related field, or use this as a stepping stone for another field like law or public policy.  

You can become a professional:  

  • Historian  
  • Exhibit Designer 
  • Researcher 
  • Community worker 
  • Journalist 

Possible Minors

Minors are a great way to customize your academic experience. Many students use minors to pursue interests outside their major, while others choose minors to complement their degree.

Minors that complement this program:

Related Majors

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Ready to apply?

For this program, you'll need to apply to the Faculty of Arts.

See the full eligibility information for more information about deadlines and required documents for your application. 

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