BA Honours Degree in History
offers a rigorous history honours programme, with five modules and a
regular seminar that brings in historians to present their work from all
over South Africa and from overseas. All students
who register for a BA Honours in History are required to complete core courses and write an honours research essay based on original research. Full time students complete the programme in one year, while those registered part-time have two years to complete
Admission Requirements for Hons:
You must complete History 3A & 3B (or their equivalent), with an average mark of 65%. Our programme has limited spaces and we cannot accomodate students with marks lower than these.
History Honours must:
1. apply online through the UJ application portal (this is where you upload your academic transcript and proof of prior degrees)
2. and email a written motivation of about 500 words, explaining why you want to do an honours degree in history (to the email addresses below) AS WELL AS a sample of academic writing from your third year.
3. Applicants may be asked for an interview prior to
acceptance. Please note that we cannot accept applicants without
evidence of completing a BA, and a full academic transcript.
compulsory core modules include 'Theory and Historiography' (HIS8X02),
year-long 'Research Essay' (HIS8X20) for which students will be guided by a thesis supervisor.
In addition, students take three other modules: in 2021, we are offering classes
with the following themes: 'Historical Archives and Databases' (HIS8X06-- a specialisation module), African History and Gender History.
Enquiries and application materials: Prof Thembisa Waetjen, firstname.lastname@example.org; Prof Natasha Erlank, email@example.com.
For information on honours funding, follow the link to the Postgraduate Centre.
Masters Degree (HIS9X01 and HIS9X02)
If accepted by the
Department, students may register for a Full Research Masters Degree
which requires the completion of a dissertation demonstrating the
candidate’s ability to conduct independent academic
research in the broad field of history.
Doctoral Degree (HIS10X1 and HIS10X2)
If accepted by the
Department for doctoral study, students may register for a Doctoral
Degree which requires the completion of a substantial dissertation which
makes an original contribution to the state
of knowledge in the field of history.