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

Nov
26
Recent Lakehead University History Student Research 7:30 PM
Thunder Bay Museum (425 Donald Street East)
Jan
16
"Crossing Lines: Recent Developments in the Korean Peninsula" 7:30 PM
TBA
Jan
28
"The History of the North House Folk School" 7:30 PM
Thunder Bay Museum (425 Donald Street East)
Feb
25
"The History of Gold Mining in Northwestern Ontario" 7:30 PM
Thunder Bay Museum (425 Donald Street East)

NEWS

Sep
30
History professor participates in important labour conference in Amsterdam
Dr. Nicolas Lepine from the History Department participated in the Third European Labour History Network’s (ELHN) Conference, held September 18–21 at... full story
Sep
13
All Jazzed Up
Department of History alumnus Rick Lazar (BA 1970) is a World Music Legend. Read about how the searing music of this award-winning percussionist... full story
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.