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
13
Welcome Bon-Fire - Thunder Bay 6:30 PM
Lake Tamblyn
Sep
16
Oil and World Politics 7:30 PM
Thunder Bay TBA | Orillia TBA
Sep
24
"Reclaiming Place: Community History at the Shingwauk Residential School Site." 7:30 PM
Thunder Bay Museum (425 Donald Street East)
Sep
26
Canada-Japan Relations 3:00 PM
Lakehead International (ground floor of library)

NEWS

Jul
2
Graduate Students Present at Congress of Humanities and Social Sciences
Congratulations to MA students Yawei Zhang, Peter DeLorenzi, and Michael McNeil who presented papers in June at the annual meeting of the Hungarian... full story
Jul
2
Department Chair Elected President of the Ontario Historical Society
At its 131st Annual General Meeting, the Ontario Historical Society (OHS) elected Dr. Michel S. Beaulieu as the new President of the Society.
Jun
21
Introducing Lakehead University’s new Chair in Finnish Studies, Dr. Kari Alenius
The Lakehead University Finnish Chair Advisory Committee is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Kari Alenius as the ninth Chair in Finnish... full story
Apr
2
Lakehead University hosting talk on populism at home and abroad
You are invited to Meeting the Challenge of Populism at Home and Abroad, a presentation by Ben Rowswell on Thursday, April 4 at 7:30 pm at Lakehead... full story