Our History Program
The study of history builds a foundation for active, informed citizenship. By exploring the past, students can make decisions in the present-day world, based on an understanding of the institutions, ideas, and relationships that have developed over the past decades and centuries.
As students learn about the lived experience of the past, they discover that it is full of fascinating stories and compelling personalities. They learn that sometimes, truth really is stranger than fiction. And as many of our senior-level students have testified, the research process can be exhilarating. They discover the excitement of sifting through the archives, making original discoveries, and then sharing their findings with others. History can be a source of immense delight – both the stuff of history and the process of discovering it.
Our faculty bring their wide-ranging interests and specializations into the classroom, and provide a great selection of courses that meet our students interests. From the ancient history of the Americas and Europe, through to the history of Canada in the late twentieth century, and all areas and time in between, the program tries to match its offerings to popular areas of interest and to the latest developments in historical study. Some courses include the history of the Anishinaabe people, ancient Greece and Rome, medieval Europe, women’s and gender history in Canada, the witch-hunts in Europe, as well as survey courses on American, Canadian, and western civilization history.
Our history students equip themselves for potential future careers in a variety of fields, including, but not limited to, the following: law, education, civil service (including the foreign service), journalism, museum studies, public history, publishing, information technology, and research consulting.
What You Can Expect
Hands-on learning, a close-knit campus community, and caring faculty.
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Learn the perspective of each era
You’ll be exposed to different and sometimes controversial perspectives, which will force you to look at the past in a new light. Social, economic, gendered, and militaristic perspectives play key roles in the study of history.
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See history through an unfiltered lens
There’s nothing more important in the study of history than eliminating our biases which taint how we see the past. You’ll examine primary documents to understand what really happened in the past to better understand today’s prevalent beliefs.
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Investigate the past
There’s nothing more exciting and exhilarating than uncovering the past and discovering exciting truths. You’ll investigate fascinating stories and compelling personalities, and learn the excitement of sifting through archives and making original discoveries.
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Study at a historically significant landmark
Algoma U is situated on a historic site - the former site of the Shingwauk Indian Residential School. Our students walk in the halls and study in the classrooms where Canadian history was foraged and houses one of the most polished archives on the residential schools system.
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Hayes-Jenkinson Memorial Lecture Series
Every second year, a significant speaker visits the campus as part of this lecture series, providing students with the opportunity to meet, work with, and learn from influential people. Past speakers include Giller-Prize winning novelist Elizabeth Hay; one of Canada’s leading historians on Indigenous and non-Indigenous relations, Dr. Jim Miller; and influential Canadian poet, Lorna Crozier.
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Honours Research Thesis
Fourth year honours history students have the opportunity to conduct extensive primary and secondary research, analyze the collected research, and present and defend their thesis at the annual Honours History Thesis Presentation Night, a special evening of thesis presentations open to the general public. They will be guided by a thesis supervisor who will oversee their work to completion.
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The History Society
The History Society is one of the most active student-run clubs at Algoma University, with one of the longest standing histories. It consists of Algoma U students and faculty who come together to bond over all things history and participate together in a variety of events including alternating yearly trips to Montreal and Chicago.
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Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre (SRSC)
Located on the former site of the Shingwauk Indian Residential School, The Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre (SRSC) and Algoma U offers a unique and historically-rich location for cross-cultural education. There is an opportunity for students to have a strong focus on Indigenous history in our program.
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Meet our Faculty
Our History faculty are experts in the field. Get to know them!
“Having attended both a large and a small university, I can say that Algoma U really is the best undergraduate experience for history students. I was the History Society’s President for two years, and with the club travelled the world. Aside from seeing firsthand what you study in textbooks, I also had the opportunity to be published, since I worked as a research Assistant. This is rare for undergrads.”
MA, Public History, BA Hons, History
“There is often this idea that History has to be taught as an exercise of memorizing names, dates, and events. I wanted to take this opportunity to assure you that this is not the approach the History program at Algoma follows! We are lucky to have relatively small class sizes that allow discussion to become a central component of the classroom experience”
Dr. Warren Johnston
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