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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"Real and Imagined Security Threats in an Uncertain World"  8:00 PM
International Student Lounge, Ground Floor, Chancellor Paterson Library
“Discovery of Tug Boat Mary Ann, Lake Superior Shipwreck of Canada’s first registered vessel (1867)” 7:30 PM
Thunder Bay Museum (425 Donald Street East)
LUHS: Archive Crawl 6:00 PM
Begins at the Lakehead University Archives
“Historical Stephen Leacock: What he did to History and What History did to him”  7:30 PM
Thunder Bay Museum (425 Donald Street East)


Congratulations Graduating Award Winners
Graduating history students received a number of awards for their academic achievements at this year’s Convocation.
Thunder Bay World War One Project Wins Award
At the Annual General Meeting of the Ontario Historical Society the Thunder Bay Public Library was awarded the 2016 Dorothy Duncan Award for its... full story
Department of History Celebrates Award
The Department of History is pleased to announce that Adjunct Professor and alumnus Dr. Nathan Hatton’s book, Thrashing Seasons: Sporting Culture in... full story
History alumnus honoured with the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence
History alumnus Tom Doherty (BA'94) was one of two exceptional Lakehead University alumni who received the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching... full story