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Develop your research and analytical skills. Analyze various interpretations and debates on controversial issues. Learn methods used by historians to study and interpret the past. Engage in discussions with nationally and internationally known scholars. Study a second language. Understand how Canada and the world became as they are today.

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Bachelor of Arts - History

  • B.A. Four-year
  • B.A. Three-year
  • B.A. Honours
  • Double Honours
  • Minor

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What is History?

Historians and history students study the past to understand how and why change happens to individuals, societies and countries. Students engage the world through history and make sense of it, finding meaningful connections between the past, present and future. These connections embrace geography, culture, politics, society and the dynamics of change.

Understanding what lies beyond many recent local, national and international events such as the global thirst for oil, arctic sovereignty, the politics of medical experimentation, the Truth & Reconciliation Commission, the war in Afghanistan, and the changing roles of women all require history.

Students learn how Canada and the world became as they are today through analyzing written texts, oral histories, primary documents, artifacts and material culture. From the ancient world to the present day, students can examine a range of subjects and periods, while also exploring a variety of thematic approaches to the study of history, social history, medical history, science history, environmental history, political history and the history of sexualities.

History: Is it for you?

  • The Department of History values diversity in approaches to the discipline, excellence, innovation in teaching and research, interdisciplinarity, and collegiality. It offers a vibrant community of scholars who are passionate about what they do and enjoy sharing their enthusiasm for history with others.
  • The Department of History prides itself on our ability to offer small-scale discussion groups (tutorials) in our first-year classes, mid-sized second-year lecture classes, and small class sizes (seminars) in the third and fourth years of our program.
  • The Department of History offers a diverse range of experiential and community engaged learning opportunities. classes taught on-site in Paris, Rome, South Africa, First Nations communities, and guided research in the City of Saskatoon with community partners.
  • Our honours students have the opportunity to participate in the annual Michael Swan Colloquium, a one-day conference where they present their work to an audience of faculty and their peers.
  • Faculty and instructors are approachable, available for student questions and concerns, and fully engaged in their undergraduate teaching. Our faculty members have won a series of teaching awards for their innovative and enthusiastic approaches to teaching.

Sample Classes

  • HIST 278: Latin America in the 20th Century From Revolution to Repression Neoliberalism to Indigenous Power
    This course explores the history of Latin America from the 1920s to today. It mixes economic, social, political, intellectual and environmental approaches. Important themes that will be explored include the rise of radical political ideas in the 1920s, revolutionary movements in the 1950s to the 1970s, the spread of a repressive national-security state abetted by US military assistance in the 1960s and 1970s, the dominance of neo-liberal economic models in the wake of the debt crisis in the 1980s, the emergence of vibrant indigenous and popular struggles in opposition in the 1980s and 1990s and the nature of the Latin American social democratic alternatives, as diverse as Brazil under the Workers’ Party and the Bolivia under Evo Morales. The course will also explore the influence of the drug trade on Latin American society and politics, and contemporary environmental and social conflicts over mining and other resource extraction.
  • HIST 331: Magic Science and Religion before the Scientific Revolution
    Medieval magic was founded upon conventional scientific and religious presuppositions. It was also unconventional and illicit. Examines magical literature and traditions from third- to sixteenth-century Europe, the place of magic in early European history, and reflects on the theoretical issues surrounding the classification of magic.
  • HIST 450: French Canada before 1800
    Discovery; relations with Indian Nations; building an Old Regime colony; war and conquest; revolution; a French society in a British empire. Students read and discuss major works and write a major research paper from primary sources. [French desirable but not essential.]

Career Opportunities

  • Archivist
  • Biographer
  • Conservator
  • Curator
  • Exhibit designer
  • Gallery director
  • Historian
  • Journalist
  • Museum docent
  • Heritage research assistant
  • Information officer
  • Teacher
  • Researcher

Skill Sets Gained

  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data
  • Communication skills: written and/or oral
  • Critical and analytical thinking
  • Honesty, integrity, and ethical standards
  • Interpreting research findings
  • Organizational/Planning skills
  • Personal management/Motivational skills
  • Research skills and methods

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