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
- museums and heritage organizations
- non-governmental organizations (NGOs)
- publishing and journalism
- teaching (at all levels)
- university professor
Announcing the new Finnish Chair
The Finnish Chair Advisory Committee and the Department of Anthropology are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Oula Seitsonen as the 11th... full story
News from the Giant airing on CKPR television
News from the Giant is a series of three programs that will air on CKPR television on Wednesday, May 18, Thursday, May 19, Friday, May 20 at 7 pm.
Celebrate Black History Month with History
online event, 24/7, until the end of February
Dr. C. Nathon Hatton Recent Publishing of Book Chapter
The Department of History congratulates Dr. C. Nathan Hatton in his recent chapter published and his continued contributions of research and writing.