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:

  • cultural history
  • digital history
  • diplomatic history
  • economic history
  • environmental history
  • history of space and place
  • human rights and social justice
  • Indigenous history
  • international development
  • gender history
  • labour history
  • medical history
  • military history
  • museum, archival, and heritage studies
  • political history
  • public 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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“Historical Stephen Leacock: What he did to History and What History did to him”  7:30 PM
Thunder Bay Museum (425 Donald Street East)
LUHS Bake Sale 8:00 AM
Outside of the Outpost
History for Lunch Presents - "Depicting the Dharma: Tibetan Buddhist performance of text" 1:30 PM
Thunder Bay TBA | Orillia TBA
Leonard Cohen: In His Own Words (film screening and discussion) 7:00 PM
Trinity United Hall, 310 Park Avenue (across from the Armoury)


New Book Recognizing Canada and Finland’s Relationship
Dr. Michel S. Beaulieu, Chair of the Department of History and President of the Alumni Association of Lakehead University, is a contributing editor... full story
New Publication Explores Post-World War I Austrian Burgenland
Assistant Professor Steven Jobbitt’s latest publication explores the role that geographical knowledge production played in the post-World War I “... full story
New Publication Explores Orillia's Champlain Monument
Associate Professor Michael Stevenson's latest publication explores the controversial history of Orillia, Ontario's Champlain Monument. "'Free from... full story
Faculty Members Recognized for Contributions to Northwestern Ontario
Congratulations to faculty members Nathan Hatton and Kelly Saxberg who were recognized last week by Thunder Bay-Superior North MP Patty Hajdu for... full story