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Why History at Laurier?

The History Department 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 program is also very flexible. You can study for a single Honours BA, or combine History with another major in a Combined Honours BA such Medieval Studies, as well as options including Applied Digital Studies†and†Laurierís 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: (1) social issues and globalization; (2) peace and war; (3) politics, power and law; and (4) culture, arts and society.

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. And if you are a better-than-average student with your sights set on a post-graduate program like law or teachersí 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! †

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. Welcome to History!

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Research trip to the New York Public Archives
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Laurier History Instructor tells the Story of WWII's Most Famous Poet
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Laurierís military centre explores the history of Waterloo Region in wartimes with new website Laurierís military centre explores the history of Waterloo Region in wartimes with new website
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2016 First World War Battlefield Tour of France and Belgium
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Tri -University Conference Call for Papers
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Chair, History Dept
Dr. Darren Mulloy†
DAWB 4-135A
519-884-0710 ext.3593†

Undergraduate Officer
Dr. Jeff Grischow†
DAWB 4-155†
519-884-0710 ext.3347†

Graduate Officer
Dr. Susan Neylan
DAWB 4-150
519-884-0710 ext.3595††

Senior Administrative Assistant
Ms. Cindi Wieg
DAWB 4-135
519-884-0710 ext.3389

People at Laurier

Lianne Leddy, Department of History Lianne Leddy, who has degrees from Laurier (Hon BA, English & History) and Western (MA, History), graduated with a Ph.D. in History from Laurier in 2011. Lianne is member of the Ojibwa Serpent River First Nation, near Elliot Lake in northern Ontario. Her doctoral research examined the environmental impact of the Elliot Lake uranium industry on First Nations people and communities throughout the region. Drawing on both written and oral historical sources, her work provides important insights into larger questions concerning Aboriginal land rights, resource development, and environmental threats. Lianne is now an Assistant Professor in Indigenous Studies at Laurier Brantford.

Lianne Leddy
PhD 2011,
Department of History