Bachelor of Arts (BA)


Shape your understanding of political, economic, and social change, from the dawn of civilization to the 21st century.

History Undergraduate StudiesExplore the past to understand the present through UBC Okanagan’s history studies. Photo by Prof. Adam Jones.

What You Need to Know

Why study History at UBC’s Okanagan campus?

Career possibilities
Build a broad foundation with a globally recognized UBC degree. Career options for UBC history graduates are many and include museum curator, teacher, journalist, and politician.

Access to professors
Visit your prof during office hours or volunteer to assist with a research project on medieval English urban history, labour migration in Cold War Europe, the Second Industrial Revolution, or “post-feminist” Argentine women’s cinema—just some of the topics renowned UBC faculty researchers are exploring.

Research opportunities
Apply principles learned in History studies to research conducted outside of the classroom. In fieldwork, such as a directed studies project, you can connect with public history and deepen your understanding of communities.

Co-op experience
Put your classroom learning to the test with Co-op job placements throughout the region and beyond. Co-op helps you to gain beneficial skills such as how to build your resumé, apply for jobs, expand your professional network and earn money to pay for tuition.

Program Overview

Get your UBC degree in history, the disciplined study of the past. Historians establish and challenge interpretations of the past, examining new evidence and arguments to understand the relationship between ideas and actions, and between individuals and social institutions.

A historian might conduct research in an institution where artifacts and documents of the past are held, or curate collections of historical exhibitions in museums and galleries. Historians are expert storytellers and may develop journalistic or historical works of fiction in print, online, or multimedia platforms.

In History undergraduate studies at UBC Okanagan, you can complete either a Bachelor of Arts (BA) major or minor, or Bachelor of Arts honours.


UBC Okanagan’s history program offers a wide variety of foundational and advanced courses that cover world regions and time periods, from ancient to contemporary.

Sample courses:

  • HIST 151 – Modern Latin American History
  • HIST 218 – History of Science
  • HIST 300 – History of Indigenous Peoples of Canada to 1876
  • HIST 424 – Women in the Middle Ages

Browse history courses and descriptions.

Degree Options

The following links take you to history program details in the Okanagan Academic Calendar, a comprehensive guide to all programs, courses, services, and academic policies at The University of British Columbia.

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Learn about graduate studies in history.

Visit the history homepage within the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences.


British Columbia High School Requirements

  • English 12 or English 12 First Peoples
  • Three other approved grade 12 courses
  • A language 12 other than English 12 is recommended for students applying to the bachelor of arts degrees. If you do not have a grade 12 language course, you must take a language as part of your degree program. 

For general admission requirements and program specific requirements, all Canadian high school, international high school, Canadian post-secondary or international post-secondary applicants should visit

Deadlines and Fees

Application Deadlines
Plan ahead to ensure you meet important deadlines and other target dates listed at

Tuition Fees
UBC Okanagan's fees compare favourably with universities of the same high calibre. See Financial Planning for helpful resources, and add up your first-year costs with our Cost Calculator.

How to Apply

Apply to UBC at—there are just five steps in the application process. Soon you could be studying at one of the world's top universities.

Check out the steps to apply to UBC, and be sure to choose "Okanagan campus."

Or let our Student Recruitment & Advising experts guide you: call 1-877-807-8521.

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Your Career Options

Earn a UBC degree respected by employers around the globe. Build a broad foundation and great career potential with undergraduate studies in History. Job opportunities range from museum administration to public policy analyst. The professional training you get as part of research activities will position you for a multitude of career options.



  • Heritage Coordinator
  • Preservation/Restoration Specialist
  • Foreign Service
  • Archivist
  • Historical Interpreter
  • Media / Historical Consulting
  • Museum Administrator
  • Genealogical Researcher
  • Curator/Collection Manager
  • Public Policy Analyst
  • Corporate Historian
  • Resettlement Worker
  • Conservator
  • Community Development Coordinator
  • Cultural Affairs Specialist
  • Community Program Manager / Community Engagement
  • Documentary Editor
  • Immigration Officer
  • Political Aide
  • Appraiser
  • International Development Coordinator
  • Museum Educator / Programmer
  • Heritage Event Planner
  • Communications Specialist
  • Research Assistant
  • Aboriginal Enhancement Support Worker
  • Community Engagement
  • University Administration
  • Journalist
  • Video Game Writer
  • Historical Fiction Writer
  • Teacher
  • Lawyer

Potential Employers

  • Academic institutions
  • Libraries, archives, museums and historical societies
  • Media and artistic agencies
  • Not-for-profit companies and agencies
  • Governmental organizations

Co-op Experience

Learn and earn with Co-op, a paid opportunity for students to enrich their education with work experience. At UBC’s Okanagan campus, sign up for Co-op to: build your resumé with professional experience; learn valuable tips on how to successfully apply for jobs; expand your network of industry contacts; and earn money to pay for tuition. Inquire about Co-op by phone at 250.807.9623 or by email.

Further Studies

UBC's Okangan campus offers MA, MSc and PhD degrees in the Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies (IGS) program in which students may build an individualized program and have a History department faculty member as their primary supervisor.

Gain Valuable Experience

Learning experiences beyond the classroom help prepare you for a career and life after university. Expand your horizons while studying abroad, conducting meaningful research, or working in the community with your UBC colleagues.

Travel and Learn

  • See the world through Go Global, a UBC program for exchange and study with more than 150 international partner institutions. Experience university life abroad as a resident, or earn academic credit while participating in summer group-study courses led by UBC profs.
  • Travel to conferences or competitions with financial assistance made available through the Tuum Est Student Initiative Fund, which provides financial support up to $3,500.

Undergraduate Research

Follow your ideas and get a head start on your career:

Research Scholarships

Get a financial boost to start your research experience and help pay for travel and other expenses. Win merit-based cash awards that look awesome on your resumé.

Work Opportunities

  • Learn through doing, create strong connections, and develop professional skills with a campus job arranged by UBC’s Work Study Program.
  • Meet a community need and get practical experience by volunteering for a Community Service Learning project—a life-changing experience.
  • Co-op puts your classroom learning to the test, allowing you to explore career options while earning money. Inquire about Co-op by phone at 250.807.9623 or by email.

Meet Your Peers and Profs

Find out what students, faculty, and alumni have to say about UBC Okanagan’s history program:
Blake Edwards

Blake Edwards

Student experience: “The opportunities to get involved have been limitless. I’ve really been able to grow a lot.”

Jessica Stites Mor

Jessica Stites Mor, UBC Professor

“Making a lot of noise doesn’t often change the world, but hard work, research, and reaching out to others can.”

Ross Huyskamp

Ross Huyskamp, UBC Alumnus

“I’m grateful for the interest and investment my professors made in my learning.”

Welcome to UBC's Okanagan Campus

The University of British Columbia is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the 40 best universities in the world. In the History program at UBC’s Okanagan campus, you gain all the benefits of attending a globally respected university while studying in a close-knit learning community.


Tour the Campus

  • Get a glimpse into life on UBC’s Okanagan campus at
  • Take a virtual tour of our state-of-the-art labs, modern facilities, campus residences.
  • Visit the campus in-person for a guided tour led by a student ambassador.
  • Tour the campus, city and lake with this interactive 360-degree Kelowna From Above* video.
  • * Best viewed in Chrome and Firefox

Day One: What to Expect

On the first day of university, faculties offer "Meet the Dean" sessions where you can get to know the Dean, professors, and the staff who provide student support. It’s all part of CREATE, UBC Okanagan’s new student orientation.

Attend an orientation that’s tailored to your needs as an aboriginal student, domestic student, international student, or a student living in residence. You can even register your parents for an orientation that includes a workshop and campus tour.

Academic Support

  • Peer mentors are a great resource — ask questions and learn from students who've been there, done that.
  • Navigate your studies with the help of a professor, your Program Advisor.
  • Use the library which offers print, audiovisual and electronic research materials, a leisure-reading collection and loaner laptops. It also offers research consultations, instruction and workshops.
  • The library’s Writing and Resource Centre can help you articulate your ideas. Pursue your research in a range of subject areas and scholarly genres including essay writing, grammar, presentation skills, punctuation, thesis development and coursework.
  • Familiarize yourself with resources designed to help you succeed. Student Services offers a variety of academic supports, from study sessions to tutoring and writing workshops.


Take advantage of the many opportunities to get involved and stay active—from workout space in the new Hangar Fitness Centre, to athletic courts, intramurals, fitness classes, and varsity athletics.

Learn more at Sports and Recreation, which includes links to fitness facilities, sport clubs, intramurals and recreation programs, as well as the nationally ranked UBC Okanagan Heat varsity teams that compete in the Canada West Universities Athletics Association.

    Clubs and Associations

    • Make friends with similar interests and explore career options with the History Course Union.
    • Branch out, get involved in student life, and have fun by joining various campus clubs.

    Living in Residence

    Meet new people while living in a study-oriented environment with easy access to academic and personal support.

    UBC Okanagan offers modern residence living surrounded by hiking and biking trails. One of the newest residences, Purcell, features a rooftop patio that offers a panoramic view of the campus and the Okanagan Valley.

    Find out more about living in residence at

    The Okanagan: What to Expect

    UBC’s Okanagan campus borders the dynamic city of Kelowna, a hub of economic development with a population of more than 150,000 people—the fourth fastest growing population in Canada. In fact, the Okanagan Valley is rated one of the best communities in Canada to grow your business.

    More than 160 buses travel daily from campus to key locations such as Kelowna's cultural district and thriving downtown waterfront. The campus is two minutes from the Kelowna International Airport, one of the Top 10 busiest airports in Canada.

    UBC Okanagan is situated within the First Nations territory of the Okanagan Nation, whose spirit of stewardship for the land is reflected in the university’s respect for sustainability.

    A diverse natural region with sandy beaches, beautiful farms, vineyards and orchards, and snow-capped mountains, the Okanagan Valley features sweeping stretches of lakeside and endless mountain trails for biking and hiking.

    Explore the Okanagan lifestyle at


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