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About History at Laurier

Laurier’s History department teaches all periods from ancient to modern and is especially strong in the following areas:

  • Global history (both regional and transnational courses);
  • War and its impact;
  • Social, cultural and gender history; and
  • Innovative thematic courses (music, crime, business).

Our program encourages you to specialize in what interests you, whether it’s cultural or art history, social or military history, or the history of crime or politics. We focus on developing analytical and communication skills. These skills are invaluable in such varied professions as law, education, journalism and public and international service.

Program Options

You can take History as a single major, or as a combined major or minor with another program. You can view the program requirements for these options to see what you need to take to complete each. 

There are also a number of options you can take in addition to your History major or minor.

Interested in Graduate Studies?

Apply for a Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Master of Arts (MA) in History to receive two conditional offers of admission: one to undergraduate studies (BA) in History, and one to graduate studies (MA) in History.

Research Opportunities

Students are encouraged to undertake their own original research and develop their own analytic arguments. Research includes everything from annotating Viking sagas to deconstructing why entrepreneurs have become successful, to reading court records and reconstructing historical crime scenes.

Laurier History students are also regularly provided with the opportunity to enhance their research skills in close collaboration with faculty members. Recent examples include work on medieval manuscripts and translation; researching show business archives in New York City; and digitization Veteran’s records at the Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies.

Courses to Get You Ready for the Future

Our History department offers a well-structured program designed to assure a breadth and depth of learning that will help you adapt to the rapidly changing modern world. Each year has its own academic objectives, and each year builds on the preceding year. In addition, the department offers a number of specialized travel and digital skills-building courses that are designed to enhance the Laurier study experience and build resumes. 

Travel Courses

Our selection of field courses, often taught in collaboration with the Laurier Centre for Military, Strategic and Disarmament Studies, are based on decades of providing experiential-learning travel course instruction to hundreds of students. Courses are led by full-time Laurier faculty, who take small groups of students to study abroad at sites of historical importance. In recent years, faculty have led tours to Russia, France and China.

Digital Skills Courses

Our department is the administrative home of the Faculty of Arts' Applied Digital Option, which combines the humanities and social sciences with the latest digital technologies. In our digital courses, you'll learn to use programs and apps to carry out research, create and edit documentary films, publish open source texts, and build websites.

Specialized Themes

Our program is built around specialized themes and focused historical research. Most History courses, from first to third year, involve lecture and discussion components. In third and fourth years, we work to provide small class sizes. Upper-level courses cover topics such as American Protest Music; Crime, Sex and Scandal in Victorian England; and the History of International Relations.

Fourth-Year Seminars

Fourth-year courses are seminars that represent the crowning experience of our honours History program. These courses promote discussion of historical literature and research on specific historical periods and themes. The classes are small and have an optimal size of about 15 students.

Seminars are double-weighted, which allows you to focus your attention on these engaging classes, reducing the number of courses you take in fourth year while maintaining your credit load. The research terms of the seminars give you an opportunity to engage in your own project (usually based on primary sources), and to really get to know your professors.


"Laurier pairs academic excellence with a welcoming and supportive environment. I was involved with a number of extracurricular activities during my time as an undergrad, and I have made lifelong friends and connections throughout my time here. I could not have asked for a better undergraduate experience."

– Andrew Cardy (BA '17)

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