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 studies
  • 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

Feb
27
Public Lecture: "Logging Industry and Career in Northwestern Ontario" 7:30 PM
Thunder Bay Museum (425 Donald Street East) and Online

NEWS

Jan
30
Spotlight on Academics Film Festival

Spotlight on Academics is a film festival dedicated to sharing knowledge through film.

Jan
9
Current History Students and Alumni Recognized with Volunteer Service Awards

At the Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society’s annual President’s Reception and Volunteer Recognition and Awards, several alumni and current students... full story

Dec
10
Friends of the Finnish Labour Temple Receives Major Grant

The Friends of the Finnish Labour Temple--a registered charity established by Kelly Saxberg, Michel Beaulieu, Ron Harpelle, and Nathan Hatton--has... full story

Dec
1
New Edition of The North West Company in Rebellion: Simon McGillivray’s Fort William Notebook, 1815

Congratulations to department members Dr. Michel S. Beaulieu and Dr. Thorold J. Tronrud for their involvement in the publication of a new edition of... full story