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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NEWS

Jan
21
Video Documentary from "Saul Laskin, Man and Politician" presented by Dr. Peter Raffo

Jan
15
Dr. C. Nathan Hatton, Assistant Professor, Department of History Publishing a New Chapter

Forthcoming in 2021, Dr. Hatton has written a chapter for The Palgrave Handbook of Sport, Politics and Harm.

Jan
14
Dr. C. Nathan Hatton Guest Speaker on Champlain Society's Podcast Witness to Yesterday

Patrice Dutil on Witness to Yesterday, talks with Dr. Hatton of Lakehead University about the evolution of wrestling in Winnipeg and Manitoba from... full story

Jan
11
Dr. Thorold Tronrud Adjunct Professor of History receives the OHS Cruikshank Medal

The Cruikshank Medal, named after scholar and former General during the First World War, E.A. Cruikshank is awarded to individuals who demonstrated... full story