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Department of History

About Our Programs

The Department of History at Laurier is one of the most comprehensive and dynamic in Canada. We have 22 full-time faculty, with research and teaching expertise stretching across the globe, and as a result we are able to offer a huge selection of courses at every level of the program. At Laurier you will learn from internationally recognized experts, and will always be connected with the latest research. History is always being made at Laurier!

Our undergraduate program is very flexible. You can study History for a single honours BA, or combine History with another major such Medieval Studies for a combined honours BA. The department also offers a combined program in Ancient Studies that focuses on early world civilizations.

You can add options such as the Applied Digital Studies Option or the Management Option. We have no specific required courses, not even in first year. Instead our courses are divided into four main tracks or themes that are designed to help you organize your academic interests. They are:

  • Social issues and globalization;
  • Peace and war;
  • Politics, power and law; and
  • Culture, arts and society.

And if you are a better-than-average student with your sights set on a postgraduate program like law or teachers’ college, or an MA or PhD in History, then you can sign up for our prestigious Research Specialization Option and join a community of scholars!

About Our Department

In the Department of History we place great emphasis on smaller class experiences where you can really get to know your instructors. We believe that this is the basis of a quality education and we think that it helps explain the excellence and high achievements of our graduates.

The department also promotes interactive and engaged learning by offering a public history practicum and travel course opportunities to various places including the Caribbean, Asia and Europe. 

The Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies fosters research, education, and discussion of historical and contemporary conflict. Volunteer on one of the many archival projects that run out of the Centre, or attend one of the many lectures the Centre sponsors.

Studying History at Laurier will make you a well-rounded, globally engaged, critical thinker. Your degree will lay the foundation for a whole range of exciting careers in the law, education, journalism, politics, and public and international service. We are proud of the work we do here, and we know you will be too.