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

Oct
23
Beardmore: The Viking Hoax That Rewrote History 7:30 PM
Thunder Bay Museum (425 Donald Street East)
Oct
29
History for Brunch - Academia Undone: The Rise and Fall of Liberal Arts in Post-Communist Hungary 10:00 AM
Thunder Bay - AT 2021 and Orillia - TBA
Oct
30
Information Session - Global Affairs Canada 1:00 PM
LI5014C (5th Floor of the Library)
Oct
30
Major Challenges for Canadian Foreign Policy in 2019 7:30 PM
AT1010 and OA1025

NEWS

Oct
17
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
Oct
12
New Book Published on Thunder Bay and the First World War
A new book written by Lakehead University faculty members and alumni explores the role the region and its people played during the First World War... full story
Sep
17
New Exhibit on Early Photography at the Lakehead
“Behind the Lens: Early Photography at the Lakehead” is a new exhibit as part of an ongoing partnership between the Department of History and the... full story
Sep
7
Alumnus and Faculty Member Appointed by Minister of National Defence as Honorary Lieutenant Colonel
Congratulations to Dr. Michel Beaulieu, Chair of Lakehead's Department of History and President of the University's Alumni Association. The Minister... full story