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2022 - 2023

History is the study of past societies through the critical examination of available evidence including texts, words and objects. The Department of History offers students the opportunity to study both the distant and recent past by exploring a variety of different topics and themes. The analytical skills integral to studying history - essentially how people interacted with one another and their built and natural environments - provide students with opportunities to develop critical thinking and writing proficiencies in addition to an appreciation of past culture and societies.

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To earn a Bachelor of Arts you must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours including the following degree components: core requirements, major or honours program, minor or second major, and electives

In your first 30 credit hours, take your first HIST major courses, take one HIST course at the 1000 level and either HIST 2200 or HIST 2210.

Consult the University Calendar for program descriptions, degree regulations, course descriptions, important dates, and everything else academic. Work towards the completion of the core requirements for the BA. Record your progress in the degree tracker. 

Learn about declaring your program by visiting iDeclare or by emailing


In your next 30 to 60 credit hours, take three HIST courses explicitly at the 2000 level plus one course at the 2000 level or above.

Finalize the BA core requirements (CRW, LS, and QR - consider the department of History's QR, HIST 2000). Declare your minor or double major. Consult  the Undergraduate Program Director and the University Calendar, including the general undergraduate academic regulations and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences regulations. If you are looking for more academic credentials, consider applying for admission into an honours program.

As part of your 60 to 90 credit hours, take HIST 3840 and two HIST courses at the 3000 level.

Cross-check your degree advice with the University Calendar regulations, contact your department for information about honours program regulations/requirements, and seek a potential honours essay supervisor with similar research interests.


In your final 90 to 120 credit hours, take two HIST courses at the 4000 level and one HIST course at the 2000 level or above.

Ensure your Breadth of Knowledge requirement for the BA core requirements has been fulfilled. Apply to graduate before the deadlines posted in your Memorial Self-Service account, under the Graduation menu options.

  • Request a final official degree audit after winter semester to ensure you are on track for graduation
  • Have questions about your official degree audit? Follow up with the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Assistant Registrar at
  • Seek advice from instructors about graduate or professional schools
  • Consider grants for graduate or professional studies in the fall 
  • Be mindful of application deadlines for professional and graduate schools everywhere and apply early
  • Approach your instructors for academic references for future academic and professional endeavors
  • In September - if you have not had an audit within the last 3 semesters  request one now.  The audit will ensure you are on track for graduation
  • Finalize applications and academic references for professional or graduate school
  • Attend the Career and Graduate School Fair in the fall
  • Apply to graduate before the deadlines posted in the Graduation menu of your Self-service account.

Pondering your future career interest?

Learn about the career versatility of the BA through BA Professional: A Career Conversation Series. Watch episodes on demand to hear from Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences alumni on how to build a successful career.

  • Explore on-campus and summer jobs through MUCEP, ISWEP, and SWASP for exposure to research and administration
  • Attend fall Career and Graduate School Fair and Summer Job Fair
  • Meet up for career conversations, gain a better understanding of what careers are available with your degree and develop your networking and communications skills, in-person or online through 10,000 coffees.

Explore career interests related to your major(s). Seek opportunities to network in your community.

Prepare for life after graduation.


Attend departmental events and History society mixer.

Attend Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences events.

Seek opportunities to attend academic conferences through the department or through the Newfoundland Historical Society.

Think globally about your academic involvement.


Consider Learning Abroad and develop a plan with the go abroad coordinator. 

Review your plan with the go abroad coordinator.

  • Meet with department advisor to ensure you are academically on track to study abroad.
  • Know application deadlines and apply early

Prepare for departure with the go abroad coordinator.

  • Attend pre-departure orientation
  • Complete pre-departure checklist and reflection
  • Make the most of your travel experience and become an ambassador

Unpack your go abroad experience.

  • Attend go abroad debrief and participate in a reflection
  • Add international experience to your resume/CV
  • Seek more opportunities to work, volunteer and/or study abroad

Well-being is integral to long-term student success. At Memorial we offer resources designed to maintain your health and equilibrium, and promote academic success.

 If you're in Distress or Crisis reach out for help • Become aware of supports available through the MUN Safe app - it is your direct line to a safer Memorial University. If you need a doctor, go to Student Wellness and Counselling Centre • Health and Dental insurance is offered through MUNSU • Foster well-being through online and in-person supports • Open the conversation about sexual harassment • Be a money smart student - know your finances, if you are in need, emergency loans and the campus food bank are available • The Works offers scheduled fitness programs and workout facilities • Living on-campus? Check out residence life • Living off-campus? Check out the Off-Campus housing• Be safe with safedrive • Visit Wellness and Chaplaincy during exams Ÿ Still have questions? Checkout the wellness videos or talk to a counsellor. 

A graduate of Memorial’s history department, Jill Curran is the proprietor of Lighthouse Picnics, one of Newfoundland and Labrador’s premiere tourist destinations.

After living abroad in New Zealand and Scotland, Jill returned home to Ferryland to restore the lighthouse that her great-grandfather once maintained. Called one of enRoute Magazine’s 100 favourite things to do in the world, among other accolades, Lighthouse Picnics brings thousands of tourists and visitors to Ferryland every year. Her first entrepreneurial success spurred Ms Curran to purchase Maximm Vacations in 2010 which offers customized self-drive and escorted tours of Atlantic Canada.

What would your undergraduate self think of your current job?

I think my undergraduate self would quite enjoy my current job, I am truly using the information I studied during my history degree. I took several courses with Dr. Shannon Ryan & Dr. Bill Kerns and I really do get to share the information I learned quite often with our guests.

What was your biggest challenge when arriving at university and how did you address this?

My biggest challenge at university was time management. I wanted to do everything! I volunteered a lot, went out with friends lots, was living on my own for the first time with friends, was taking a full course load…. so sometimes I would be amazed where the time went, and how that paper was now due tomorrow! I pulled some very late nights on many occasions!

What resources did you use while at Memorial?

In my quest to do everything, I used a lot of resources - I practically had a chair at the Centre for Newfoundland Studies! I attended seminars on health & wellness through the Wellness Centre, volunteered at the Student Volunteer Bureau (I ran it in my last year), attended fitness classes (having Dr. Noreen Golfman as an aerobics instructor sticks in my mind!), and used the services of the Career Counselling Centre. I also attended many seminars/information sessions on campus on a variety of subjects that were of interest to me. For example, the Fisheries Forum (the cod fishery had just closed and we were all in disbelief, and this was a group that met regularly to discuss the issues and what would be the future of the fishery), there were many others meetings/sessions I attended on topics ranging from low level flying in Labrador, the environment, etc. I remember there was a free seminar at the Arts & Culture Centre once with Dr. Gwynne Dyer.

Did you ever meet with advisors, faculty or staff while a student?

Through all the above activities I mentioned there was always a strong presence of MUN faculty and staff. I always thought this was great, because outside of class work, you could really hear their thoughts on various subjects they were passionate about. We had a very informal Irish History social club with Dr. Bill Kerns.

How did your extracurricular activities (on and off campus) influence your success?

I volunteered off campus with the Association for New Canadians and at the Grace Hospital. On campus I volunteered with various activities through the SVB, some that come to mind now include: Orientation, Santa Claus parade, children’s festivals, Bowl for the Kids, etc. All of these activities I think led me to look at life from different perspectives... from the need to do more, to the pure joy which comes from making a connection with someone and feeling you’ve both had a better day because of this conversation/connection.


Was there an experience you had during your university years that influenced or put you on a path to your current career?

Although I truly didn’t know at the time this was my career path, I think all the things I learned at Memorial have led me to where I am today. Even as a child I was passionate about history, I would hang out at our local museum, I spent hours and hours with my grandparents and their friends listening to all their stories about the past, the hardships, the fun and everyday life. When I went to Memorial for the first year I took a range of courses to see what I would do, I just naturally gravitated to history and all things Newfoundland and Labrador.

What advice do you have for undergraduate students?

It is so true that the world is at your fingertips at this point in your life. Get involved and see where your passion lies! Volunteer, join student groups, attend lectures for pure interest and all these experiences will help show you where your true passion lies. Overlay these experiences with your studies and you will see where you naturally gravitate and where you belong. 


Make sure that you are preparing for your future but do it in a way that you get to study things that genuinely interest you.

by Sophie St. Croix - BA ’09, Classics (Memorial), Juris Doctor 2013, Schulich School of Law (Dalhousie), currently an associate at Roebothan McKay Marshall (St. John's)