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Welcome to History
History is the study of the thoughts, actions and achievements of human beings over time. It communicates a profound and practical understanding of how our world came into being by teaching students how to study events in historically-aware ways. History provides a methodology for research and critical thinking which is essential in most professions and walks of life. It acquaints students with important concepts, events and people, and builds their cultural literacy. History promotes a depth of understanding of ourselves and others by heightening critical thinking, deepening global understanding, and enhancing aesthetic and moral awareness. The skills History provides are invaluable in such varied professions as the law, education, journalism and public and international service.
Interested in hearing what our alumni have to say about Laurier's History program? Click here for undergraduate student alumni or here for testimonials by alumni of our graduate program.
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People at Laurier
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 the History Department at Memorial University, Newfoundland.