History is about seeing the big picture of how and why things have changed over time. Historians study everything that humans do, from politics to sexuality to religion to work to war to social movements to science, and beyond. Studying History gives you the ability to make sense of a changing world.


The History program in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences offers a major and a minor. It also offers certificates in Hellenic Studies and in Labour Studies. You can start this program at either the Burnaby or Surrey campus. 

Degree: Bachelor of Arts

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Admission requirements for History

For students applying directly from BC high school Grade 12, please see the program specific requirements listed for 2020. For other areas and other categories of admission, please see admission requirements.

How to apply

Applying to the major program

Before applying, you might want to review this help video. Then:

  • Go to https://apply.educationplannerbc.ca/sfu.jsp
  • In section 4, Applying to SFU:
    • select from the drop-down list of faculties: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
    • select from the drop-down list of programs: History or (available only in Fall) History - 1st yr Surrey

Applying to the minor program

You may add the minor program to any major program. Speak to your faculty advisor.

Career possibilities

The world is changing rapidly and you have no way of knowing the full range of career opportunities available to you in the future. Graduates of this program may end up in a range of occupations, including these:

  • Archivist/historian
  • Art historian/educator
  • Conservator
  • Diplomat
  • Educational researcher
  • Historical museum administrative assistant
  • Historical research assistant
  • Information officer
  • Institutional researcher/historian
  • International trade specialist
  • Journalist
  • Museum curator
  • Museum docent
  • Museum interpreter
  • Nonprofit administrator
  • Policy analyst
  • Teacher
  • Tour guide