History (BA)

At its core, history is the study of past human experience, and insight into the past will give you a better understanding of present-day situations and future possibilities.

Choosing to study history at Acadia will give you the capacity to understand our modern world and the significant global challenges we all face. As you gain important perspectives on the past and insight into the present, you will develop essential analytical and writing skills.

At Acadia, courses are offered in the histories of Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America, as well as in some specialized subjects such as war, revolutions, material culture, gender, science, and the environment. A great number of Acadia students major in history, while many others take history courses as electives and for general interest. Graduates use their background in history to pursue careers in a variety of areas including education, law, journalism, business, and government. The honours degree allows you to focus on more specialized research topics and to prepare for further work in history, archival studies, and museum studies.

Be Inspired

Acadia offers a personalized education and the study of history offers you flexibility in your course selection so that you can explore what interests you. One of the first things you will notice when you arrive on campus is that you are a big part of your small classes. That increased level of contact and participation enhances your learning and improves your connection to professors and fellow students inside the classroom and beyond..

Our experienced faculty will encourage you to share your ideas as you gain insight into past events that shaped our world and acquire the knowledge and skills needed to address complex issues facing society.

Future Careers

  • Archivist
  • Business professional
  • Civil servant
  • Historian
  • Journalist
  • Lawyer
  • Museum curator
  • Policy analyst
  • Teacher

First Year at a Glance

Semester One

HIST 1xxx
1st year History course
HIST 1003
The Practicing Historian
ENGL 1483
Writing & Reading Critically 1
LANG 1x13
Language other than English

Choose one:

Introductory social sciences course


Introductory science course

Semester Two

HIST 1xxx
1st year History course
ENGL 1493
Writing & Reading Critically 2
LANG 1x23
Language other than English
Introductory social sciences course
Introductory science course

Co-op Available: Yes

Honours: Thesis-based, with research

Get Involved:
Acadia History Society
Acadia Classics Society
Politics Film Series
Wolfville Historical Society


History and Classics
Beveridge Arts Centre, Room 441
10 Highland Avenue
Wolfville, Nova Scotia, B4P 2R6