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:

  • Aboriginal history
  • cultural history
  • digital history
  • economic history
  • environmental history
  • human rights and social justice
  • 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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Presentation: “When the Noronic Burned in Toronto” 7:30 PM
Thunder Bay Museum (425 Donald Street East)
Presentation: "The World's First Museums" 7:30 PM
Thunder Bay Museum (425 Donald Street East)


New Fourth Year Field Course in Europe
In the spring of 2017, the Department of History and the School of Outdoor Recreation, Parks and Tourism will be co-hosting a field school. Slated... full story
Award-winning play, “Remnants,” to be performed at Lakehead Orillia
“Remnants” is an award-winning play that reflects forty years of conversation between the author – a psychologist and playwright at the University of... full story
Alumnus and Chair of the Department Recognized for Community Leadership
Alumnus and department chair Michel S. Beaulieu has been awarded one of this year's 20 under 40 Northwestern Ontario Visionary Awards (NOVAs).
New Spring Course In Italy - "Splendors of Ancient Italy"
The Department of History is pleased to announce a summer field course opportunity for students this upcoming May in Italy!