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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6th Annual Military Sympsium - Post-Combat and Recognition 8:30 AM
O'Kelly VC Armoury (317 Park Avenue)


History alumnus honoured with the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence
History alumnus Tom Doherty (BA'94) was one of two exceptional Lakehead University alumni who received the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching... full story
Professor Recognized with City of Thunder Bay Arts and Heritage Award
Dr. Ronald Harpelle was recognized for his film work at the City of Thunder Bay’s 7th Annual Arts... full story
Department recognizes the 150th anniversary of Ontario as a province with special spring online course.
2017 is the 150th anniversary of Ontario as a province. In recognition the Department of History is offering an online survey History of Ontario... full story
Guardians of Eternity Recognized
Guardians of Eternity, a film produced by faculty members Ronald Harpelle and Kelly Saxberg has been selected by Canadian Dimension’s Sean Carleton... full story