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

Sep
21
LUHS Social Gathering - Thunder Bay 
Repeats every month on January, February, March, October, November on the third Friday until Fri Mar 15 2019.
6:00 PM,  6:00 PM,  6:00 PM,  6:00 PM,  6:00 PM,  6:00 PM
The Outpost
Sep
25
James Fraser Paige & the Rise of the Port Arthur Shipbuilding Company, 1917-19 7:30 PM
Thunder Bay Museum (425 Donald Street East)
Oct
6
Archive Crawl 12:00 PM
Various Location in the City of Thunder Bay
Oct
19
LUHS Social Gathering - Thunder Bay 6:00 PM,  6:00 PM,  6:00 PM,  6:00 PM,  6:00 PM,  6:00 PM
The Outpost

NEWS

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
Aug
31
Department of History a sponsor of Doors Open Thunder Bay 2018
The Department of History is a proud sponsor of Doors Open Thunder Bay, an event taking place on Saturday, Sept. 8 between 10 am and 4 pm. Doors Open... full story
Aug
31
Department of History and RESRG sponsoring Vox Popular Media Arts Festival
In support of our research mandate and interests, the Department of History and the Resources, Economy and Society Research Group (RESRG) are proud... full story