Welcome to Lakehead History

The mission of our department is to teach students about the past and ways of learning about the past. According to Cicero, “history is the witness that testifies to the passing of time; it illuminates reality, vitalizes memory, provides guidance in daily life...” Our programs are designed to afford an opportunity to become involved in the process of creating a shared understanding of past events and to pursue areas of history relevant to your own concerns. With relatively small class sizes, you will be able to pursue your studies in  close collaboration with your professors and your peer group.

The expertise of our faculty is diverse.

We strive to acquaint you with various approaches to the study of History and provide you with the skills to analyze any issue within its historical context. Geographically our courses encompass North America, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa, South Asia, and the Circumpolar World. Fields of history our courses cover include, but are not limited to:

  • applied and public history
  • archival science
  • cultural history
  • digital history
  • diplomatic history
  • economic history
  • environmental history
  • heritage planning and studies
  • history of space and place
  • human rights and social justice
  • Indigenous history
  • international development
  • gender history
  • labour history
  • medical history
  • military history
  • museum studies
  • political history
  • social history

We prepare you for a range of careers.

The American National Association of Colleges and Employers cites that employers throughout the world look for the skills a History degree provides (click here to learn more). Knowledge of the past is essential for understanding the present and anticipating the future, graduates of our programs are found wherever their analytical, writing, organizational, and research skills are needed. Specific types of jobs our degrees prepare you for include, but are not limited to:

  • archival and library work
  • business administration and management
  • government service (at all levels)
  • historical research
  • law
  • medicine
  • military
  • museums and heritage organizations
  • non-governmental organizations (NGOs)
  • politics
  • publishing and journalism
  • teaching (at all levels)
  • university professor

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Can the Sacred be Secular? 8:00 PM
Lakehead University International Centre (Ground Floor, Chancellor Paterson Library)
“History of Museums from the Renaissance to Catherine the Great” 7:30 PM
Thunder Bay Museum (425 Donald Street East)
LUHS: Trivia Night 7:30 PM
The Study
Write On! Strategies for Writing History Community Workshop 12:30 PM
Mary JL Black Library (901 Edward Street South)


Grant for Film Exploring Métis Involvement in First World War
The Department of History is pleased to announce that Dr. Ronald Harpelle has been awarded a $38,000 Avance medias grant from the Conseil des arts de... full story
Alumnus Recognized with inaugural NOVA Shift Disturber Award
Alumnus Sean Murray has been awarded the inaugural Northwestern Ontario Visionary (NOVA) Shift Disturber Award and recognized as one of Northwestern... full story
Alumnus and Faculty Member Becomes President of the Champlain Society
Chair and Associate Professor of History Michel S. Beaulieu has become the President of The Champlain Society.
Faculty and Alumni Receive Publication Award
The Department of History is pleased to announce that the late Ernest Zimmermann and alumni and current faculty members Michel S. Beaulieu and David... full story