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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EVENTS

Mar
26
A History of Sports and Sport Injuries 8:00 PM
Thunder Bay Museum (425 Donald Street East)
Apr
4
Meeting the Challenge of Populism at Home and Abroad 7:30 PM
Lakehead University, ATAC 1010
Aug
22
Conference: Lower Lakes, Upper Lakes: Connecting Maritime Heritage 8:00 AM
Prince Arthur Waterfront Hotel

NEWS

Feb
28
Lakehead University celebrated exceptional researchers at R and I Awards of Excellence
Lakehead University held its Research and Innovation Awards of Excellence reception on Thursday, Feb. 28 to celebrate the exceptional achievements of... full story
Jan
24
Canadian Geographic Magazine Features Museum Run By Alumna
The January/February issue of Canadian Geographic Magazine features an article about the Chatham-Kent Black Historical Society. History alumna Sam... full story
Jan
9
New Work by Alumni and Faculty in the 2018 Papers & Records
The 2018 issue of the Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society's journal Papers... full story
Oct
24
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