History and Classics

Graduate Programs

History and Classics, two of the original departments in what was then the Faculty of Arts and Sciences when the University of Alberta was founded in 1908, merged in 1994. Since then we have offered an increasingly interdisciplinary learning environment, with graduate training in history, archaeology, language, literature, and, most recently, ancient societies and cultures. Within that framework, students in both History and Classics streams can choose to focus in one of several Areas of Study. Reflecting the national and international reputation of its faculty, the Department boasts a number of recognized areas of excellence in research and attracts graduate students not only from Alberta and across Canada but also from overseas.

Through faculty appointments and research interests, our Department maintains close links with a number of other campus units. They are the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies; the Departments of East Asian Studies, English and Film Studies, Human Ecology, and Sociology; Faculty of Arts interdisciplinary programs in Humanities ComputingScience, Technology and Society, and Religious Studies; the Faculties of Native Studies, Law, and Medicine and Dentistry; and the Wirth Centre for Austrian and Central European Studies.

The University of Alberta, which is Canada’s third largest university with approximately 37,000 students, has outstanding facilities and research opportunities for advanced students. The Library System licenses a wide range of electronic resources as well as housing several million volumes, microforms, manuscripts, data sets, and government documents pertinent to graduate study. Through its new teaching certificate program introduced in fall 2009, the University of Alberta also offers opportunities for graduate students to develop an ethical, philosophical, and practical basis for careers in post-secondary teaching and to record this training on their transcripts.

Every graduate student is responsible for knowing all the requirements of his/her program and for knowing and observing all University and Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (FGSR) regulations and procedures affecting his/her program and professional conduct. Thus, while this webpage provides essential information about the graduate programs offered by the Department of History and Classics, prospective and especially current students need also to consult the following:

Entrance Requirements

The Department's minimum admission requirements are an undergraduate degree with an average of 3.5 in the last two years of undergraduate work (or graduate work) at the University of Alberta, or an equivalent qualification from a recognized institution, and a TOEFL score of 95 (Internet-based) or 580 (paper-based) as applicable (see English Language Requirement).

Academic Standing Requirements

The Department of History and Classics requires a higher minimum cumulative grade point average than that acceptable to the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (see Minimum Faculty Requirements and Failure in or Failure to Complete a Course or Research Work). All students pursuing graduate degrees in History and Classics must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 throughout the course of the program. A student whose cumulative grade point average falls below 3.0 may be required to withdraw.

Modern Language Requirements

All candidates for the MA and PhD must demonstrate competence in reading at least one modern language other than English. In all programs the language requirement may be met by passing a translation examination administered by the Department or by taking and passing ★6 in second-year or higher coursework, with at least a grade of B+. Exemptions from language examinations may be granted under certain specific conditions.

Financial Assistance

The Department annually appoints a number of graduate research and teaching assistants. At the time of application, prospective graduate students should indicate whether they wish to be considered for an assistantship, but no appointment will be offered to any student until that student has been formally admitted to graduate studies. Graduate students are also eligible for various University fellowships and bursaries. For details see www.gradstudies.ualberta.ca
Graduate Program Requirements

Associate Chair (Graduate)

Dr Margriet Haagsma
2-65 Tory Building
(780) 492-2985

Graduate Advisor
Lydia Dugbazah
2-24 Tory Building
(780) 492-2698