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In this program you’ll study how societies got to where they are today. The history program includes courses on:

  • war
  • sex and violence
  • slavery
  • and more

Potential careers

What can you do with a history degree? Here are a few jobs that relate to the program:

  • communications coordinator
  • librarian
  • archivist
  • curator
  • museum coordinator
  • historical interpreter         
  • exhibit designer
  • foreign service officer
  • immigration officer
  • intelligence officer
  • cultural programs coordinator
  • human resources coordinator      
  • legal professional
  • fund development
  • counsellor
  • teacher or instructor
  • entrepreneur

Some of these roles may require post-graduate studies or training. 

Find a career that fits you

Experience & connections

Opportunities in the history program

  • With the Co-op Program you can alternate study with paid work. 

Opportunities outside your program

  • With a work study position you can develop skills during your study term.
  • Volunteering is a great way to give back to your community while you build skills.

Networks you can connect to

Here are a few professional associations related to history:

Hands-on learning opportunities

These courses in the history program offer extensive hands-on learning.


Co-op work terms
Alternate academic study with paid work terms to gain workplace experience


HSTR 324A - Northwest America to 1849
HSTR 324B - British Columbia, 1849-1900
HIST 328D - Indigenous-Settler Treaties in Canada since 1600
(involves engagement with Indigenous communities)
Engage with Indigenous guest speakers

Creative or design project

HSTR 304 - Social History of the Automobile
Produce an oral or video history about the impact of automobiles on society

HSTR 324A - Northwest America to 1849
HSTR 324B - British Columbia, 1849-1900
(involves engagement with Indigenous communities)
Present primary source research using a website or video

Field experience

HSTR 389A - Public Histories Local and Global
Take part in field trips showcasing local public history

HSTR 481 - A Global History of the Chinese Overseas
Conduct fieldwork in Victoria’s Chinatown

Professional and technical skill development

HSTR 301 - The Historian's Craft
Develop research, analytical and writing skills

HSTR 496 - Approaches to History
Develop research, writing and presentation skills

Research project

HSTR 342A - Europe from Louis XIV to the French Revolution
Develop an independent research project using primary sources

HSTR 389A - Public Histories Local and Global
Investigate public history and conduct research using primary sources

HSTR 426A - Veterans' Oral History
Interview veterans and compile stories for the Veterans’ Oral History Project

HSTR 427 - Seminar in Indigenous History of Canada
Research Indigenous history in Canada using primary sources

HSTR 430 - Seminar in Canadian History
Present and share research using a public-facing website

HSTR 460 - Seminar in World History
Research a specific topic in world history

HSTR 471 – Topics in Thematic and Comparative History
Research a specific topic in thematic and comparative history

HSTR 481 - A Global History of the Chinese Overseas
Research the Chinese diaspora using primary sources

HSTR 489A - Doing History in a Digital World
Conduct archival research and create public-facing websites to present findings

HSTR 497 - Third-Year Honours Essay
Research, write and orally present a third-year honours essay

HSTR 499 - Honours Thesis
Research, write and orally present a graduating honours essay

Work experience

Work experience work terms
Take part in a modified co-op program requiring one or two work experiences

These courses are not always offered as described.

What you'll learn

Every student at UVic builds skills all employers look for. At UVic Co-op & Career we call these  "competencies". This is what you’ll learn in the history program.

Historical awareness

  • be familiar with events and issues in Canadian, American, British, European, Asian, world and comparative history
  • assess patterns of change and continuity over time
  • develop arguments based on historical evidence, especially in documentary, oral and visual form
  • assess historical information, documents and artifacts
  • understand the relationships among historical events and issues

Historical method

  • use a systematic method of inquiry to understand and interpret historical events and issues
  • apply critical approaches to the interpretation of history
  • understand past events or issues in their historical and historiographic context
  • understand how the study of history involves interpretation of the past based on current perspectives
  • Re-evaluate existing understandings of the past as new information and interpretations arise

Political and military perspective

  • understand how political and military perspectives influence the interpretation of events and issues
  • use your knowledge of political, economic and legal systems to understand historical events and issues
  • analyze the role that imperialism, nationalism, industrialization and globalization play in different eras and regions

Social and cultural perspective

  • understand how social and cultural perspectives influence the interpretation of events and issues
  • analyze the roles that gender, race, class, religion, nationality and ethnicity play in different eras and regions
  • analyze the roles that art, literature, science and technology play in different eras and regions

What's next?

To explore more visit the history site. For degree planning contact your adviser for help.