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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James Fraser Paige & the Rise of the Port Arthur Shipbuilding Company, 1917-19 7:30 PM
Thunder Bay Museum (425 Donald Street East)
Beardmore: The Viking Hoax That Rewrote History 8:00 PM
Thunder Bay Museum (425 Donald Street East)
Treaty 9: The James Bay Treaty 7:30 PM
Thunder Bay Museum (425 Donald Street East)


Two Department Members Promoted
The Department is pleased to announce that two members of the Department of History have achieved significant career milestones.
Film Receives International Film Festival Award
Guardians of Eternity, a film produced by Dr. Ronald Harpelle, directed by France Benoit, and shot Kelly Saxberg, has been awarded a "Golden Palm... full story
Lakehead Orillia's next In Conversation lecture will cover People’s Knowledge versus Scientists’ Knowledge: Perceptions of Climate Change in the Western Himalaya
At the next instalment of the In Conservation Speaker Series at the Orillia Public Library, the Department of History's Dr. Pallavi Das will explore... full story
Faculty Member Interviewed on Radio-Canada's "Le matin du Nord"
Nicolas Lépine est professeur à l’université Lakehead qui s’est installé dans la région de Supérieur Nord pour le travail, mais aussi pour la nature... full story