Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Make sense of our transforming world by studying dynamic historical patterns of political, economic and social change.

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Bachelor of Arts


4 years


Irving K. Barber Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Why study History at UBC Okanagan?

Understand the present by studying the past. Read broadly, think analytically, write effectively and inform policy. Historians examine evidence and arguments to understand the relationship between ideas and actions, as well as individuals and social institutions.

Embrace experiential learning. Assist with a research project on labour migration in Cold War Europe, the history of science and technology, or social movements in the Global South—just some of the topics award-winning UBC historians are exploring.

Degree Options

At UBC Okanagan, you can specialize in History through a Major or Honours Program. A Minor is also available to students Majoring in another discipline.


Sample Courses

These are examples of courses you can enrol in during your studies. To plan your academic journey, please visit undergraduate academic planning.

HIST 110 - Survey of the Ancient World
HIST 151 - Modern Latin American History
HIST 111 - Modern United States History
HIST 145 - Contemporary World History
HIST 119 - Medieval Europe

HIST 224 - Introduction to the History of Modern Japan and Korea, 1800 to Present
HIST 218 - History of Science
HIST 201 - Religion in the West
HIST 215 - Technology in History
HIST 240 - Pre-Contact and Colonial Latin American History

HIST 310 - Topics in the History of Medicine and Disease
HIST 343 - Tudor England, 1485-1603
HIST 353 - Foundations of Modernity in 19th-Century Latin American History
HIST 300 - History of Indigenous Peoples of Canada to 1876
HIST 301 - History of Indigenous Peoples of Canada Since 1876

HIST 424 - Women in the Middle Ages
HIST 402 - Problems in International Relations: Diplomacy and the Origins of Wars
HIST 413 - Reformation Europe
HIST 461 - Topics in Urban History
HIST 494 - Decolonization and Africa

Plan your academic journey by exploring the undergraduate academic planning guide designed for Irving K. Barber Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences students.

Explore customized Program Plans designed to support your journey to graduation and beyond.

Careers and Outcomes

UBC degrees are respected by employers around the globe. Program graduates will have the skills to pursue a career in a variety of fields like,

  • Heritage coordinator
  • Diplomat
  • 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
  • Communications specialist
  • Research assistant
  • Indigenous enhancement support worker
  • Community engagement
  • University administration
  • Journalist
  • Technical writer
  • Video game writer
  • Historical fiction writer
  • Teacher
  • Lawyer
  • Political aide
  • Appraiser
  • International development coordinator
  • Museum educator / programmer
  • Heritage event planner
  • Documentary editor
  • Immigration officer

Admission, Fees, Applying

You could soon be studying at one of the world’s top universities. Be sure to review the content below to prepare for attending UBC Okanagan.

Experiential Learning

Expand your horizons while studying abroad, conducting meaningful research, or working in the community with your UBC colleague.

Learn more about Co-op, Go Global and Undergraduate Research Awards opportunities at Experiential Education.

Follow your ideas and jump-start your career:

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.

Global and Close-Knit

At UBC Okanagan, you gain all the benefits of attending a globally ranked, top 5% university while studying in a close-knit learning community. 50% of graduates, from all across the globe, choose to stay in the region.

Discover the Okanagan

A diverse natural region with sandy beaches, beautiful farms, vineyards, orchards and snow-capped mountains, the Okanagan is an inspirational landscape perfect for those seeking leisure or outdoor adventure.

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.