Interpret historical data and study how the past can affect the present.


Gain critical thinking skills as you interpret, assess, and use data to study social movements, environmental changes, and political issues.

History is the study of the past through its documentary record. Historians collect and study historical documents, interpret their content, assess their value as sources of information, and use the most reliable of these documents to describe and explain what happened in the past.

History students learn what historians have discovered, but are also taught the historical method, and are encouraged to think critically about the past and its influence on the present. The program offers two interrelated streams: North American history (including the history of Canada) and European history.

The program includes courses on a wide variety of topics and themes, including women’s history, the history of education, intellectual history, the history of social movements, environmental history, military history, the history of Northern Ontario, and medieval history.

Students in the fourth year of their program may undertake a major research project (HIST 4055) under a professor’s personal supervision; this may involve travel to archives in other cities to consult primary sources. The Department is home to a Research Chair in the History of French Ontario.

Key Features

Choose to focus your studies in North American history (including Canadian history) or European history.
Compete for prizes in academic excellence, including the Thomas Tong Essay Award and the Prix Gaétan-Gervais.
Continue your studies in a Masters of Arts degree.

Career Opportunities

Business, entrepreneurship, government, graduate studies, journalism, law, politics, teaching at primary or secondary schools or in college and universities, archivist, curator in museums and art galleries, librarian, community development worker, costumer and teacher of the history of clothing and textiles, financial planner, civil service, historical interpreter, counsellor, researcher, member of a historical board.

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