Planning Your Degree

Planning Your History Degree at McGill

Students at McGill have the option of graduating with a Minor, Major, Honours, or Joint Honours programme in History. Course offerings vary per year, but throughout your degree, every class will probably be offered once (and some every year), as many classes rotate through every three years.

As of Fall 2019, a Major consists of 36 credits (including at least 6 at the 400- or 500-level); a Minor consists of 18 credits; an Honours major consists of 54 credits (including HIST 399, at least 6 credits at the 400- or 500- level, and additionally a 6-credit Honours seminar or tutorial); a Joint Honours major consists of 36 credits (including HIST 399, at least 3 credits at the 400- or 500-level, and additionally a 6-credit Honours seminar or tutorial).

Though Honours seminars are intended for Honours and graduate students, some professors may exceptionally allow non-Honours history majors to take their seminars– we recommend contacting instructors directly to find out if this is a possibility. Non-Honours students may also consider taking HIST 498: Independent Research should they wish to gain further research experience; this will require the approval of both a supervisor and the History Undergraduate Program Director. Approval forms can be downloaded here.

Official degree planning forms are located below, and we encourage you to check out the official McGill websites for the most up to date information about each programme and the courses being offered. You can access information about the undergraduate history programme and information about the Department of History at McGill at https://www.mcgill.ca/history/undergraduate 

Degree Planning Worksheets – As of June 2019