History

Discover the stories of peoples and societies, the marginalized as well as the powerful. See 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 social movements to science and beyond.

History offers perspective on making sense of a changing world. Explore the human past and gain a broad understanding of human experience through time and across the globe. Learn the analytical tools to make you an educated and responsible world citizen, and prepare yourself for today’s workplace with key critical thinking, research, writing, and communication skills.

About history

Students can incorporate history as a major, honours, minor, extended minor, or joint major degree program into their education. Regional studies are the foundational blocks of the history undergraduate program; as such, courses are divided 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 Eastern 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.

Career pathways

A history education prepares you for a professional career. It trains you in problem solving, information management, and communications. It also teaches you research skills and critical analysis skills. History challenges you to think independently, work collaboratively, and write persuasively.

History alumni 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. History alumni commonly move into careers in fields such as politics, journalism, law, social justice, education, business, and more.

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Deadline September 15, 2020.

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Programs available

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Get in touch

Got questions about history? Please contact Tessa Wright, Undergraduate Advisor in the Department of History.

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History News

Many Canadians learn about the history of Indigenous children only in the context of residential schools and Truth and Reconciliation. However, not all Indigenous children attended residential schools, and they experienced mistreatment from the government even in their home communities. In this lecture, we will explore the history and current implications of Jordan's Principle, a goal by the Canadian government to help Indigenous children access medical services more easily. We will examine documents from the past to see how the government's relationship with Indigenous children changed over time.

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What does the Black Death, a disease that swept through Asia and Europe almost 700 years ago, have to do with the pandemic we’re living through today? Plenty! This lecture will illuminate some of those connections by exploring works of literature, history, and art. It’s a chance to see in new and startling ways how much the past has to say to the present and how vital the humanities are in our COVID-19 world.

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Dr. Elise Chenier describes HIST 115: Introduction to the History of Sexuality.

Dr. Luke Clossey describes HIST 130: Fundamentals of World History.