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
  • diplomatic history
  • economic history
  • environmental history
  • history of space and place
  • 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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Mapping History: Exploring the history of the Lakehead with Maps 12:30 PM
Mary JL Black Library (901 Edward Street South)
5th Annual Military Symposium 8:30 AM
O'Kelly VC Armoury (317 Park Avenue)
Presentation: "The World's First Museums" 7:30 PM
Thunder Bay Museum (425 Donald Street East)


Another Recognition for a New Book by History Faculty Members
The Champlain Society has recognized the recent book by the late Ernest Zimmermann, Michel S. Beaulieu, and David Ratz, The Little Third Reich on... full story
New Publication on the Spanish Civil War
The Department of History is pleased to announce Dr. Nicolas Lépin’s latest publication on the Spanish Civil War. “El Belga: het miltair hospitaal... full story
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