Is History for you?
History students ask: “What’s the story so far?” What they discover encompasses the stories of all peoples and societies: the marginalized as well as the powerful. History is about seeing the big picture of how and why things have changed over time. Historians study everything that humans do, from politics to sexuality to religion to work to war to social movements to science and beyond. Studying History gives you the ability to make sense of a changing world; it gives you perspective and understanding.
History classes at SFU will:
- Open your mind to a deep and discerning appreciation of, and passion for, the human past and a broad understanding of human experience through time and across the globe.
- Equip you with the analytical tools to make you an educated and responsible world citizen who is better able to understand and live in our complex world.
- Prepare you for today’s workplace with key critical thinking, research, writing, and communication skills.
Pursuing a History degree will give you opportunities to complete major research and writing projects, to speak before an audience and to discuss issues with peers.
Where to go from here?
History is not about memorizing names and dates…
- Getting to know people from the past
- Encountering and exploring different cultures around the globe
- Gaining perspective on issues and problems shaping today’s world
- Learning how to engage that world as active and empathetic citizens.
History is about preparing for your professional future… We will:
- Train you in problem solving, in information management, and in communications
- Teach you skills of research and critical analysis
- Challenge you to think independently, to work collaboratively, and to write persuasively
People with degrees in History move into careers in fields such as politics, journalism, law, social justice, education, business, and others. They learn how to think deeply and creatively about the world. They learn how to understand the past, to make sense of the present, and to shape the future.
Want to know more?
Students can incorporate History as a major, honours, minor, extended minor, or joint major degree program. Regional studies are the foundational blocks of our undergraduate program, so we have divided our courses into three regional groups: Europe, the Americas, and Africa-Middle East-Asia, as well as courses that tackle broad global or comparative themes.
We encourage you to develop a comparative approach to History through breadth requirements and thematic and methodological courses. We offer three formal concentrations for students with an interest in Middle East and Islamic History, British and Irish History, or Early Modern History. You can also apply for a Co-op placement as part of your History degree.