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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"The Waning of Pax Americana?" 7:30 PM
Thunder Bay - ATAC 2021 and Orillia - Simcoe Hall OA 1025
This Treaty has been wrinkled for more than 100 years: “Celebrating” Treaty 9 and challenging archival practice 7:30 PM
Thunder Bay Museum (425 Donald Street East)
Looking at the past, planning for the future: the Archives of Ontario’s private sector engagement framework 10:00 AM
Thunder Bay - RB 3023 | Orillia - Simcoe Hall OA 2006
History for Lunch - Howard Green and the Conduct of Canadian Foreign Policy, 1959-1963 10:00 AM
Thunder Bay - TBA and Orillia - TBA


New Film on First World War to Premiere November 4th at Community Auditorium
The Department of History is pleased to welcome faculty, staff and students to the premiere on 4 November of Where The Poppies Blow: The Lakehead at... full story
New Article Proposes New Approach to Exploring Climate Change
A new article by Dr. Pallavi Das proposing a new approach to doing history, a people's history of climate change, appears in the most recent issue of... full story
History Member Receives Contribution to Teaching Award
At the most recent meeting of Lakehead University's Senate, Dr. Steven Jobbitt was awarded a Lakehead University Contribution to Teaching Award.
David Ratz Awarded PhD in History
The Department of History is pleased to announce that alumnus and faculty member David Ratz recently successfully defended his doctoral dissertation... full story