Thunder Bay • Orillia

History Programs Information

Chair of the Department of History M.S. Beaulieu
Professors: M.S. Beaulieu
  R. Harpelle
Associate Professors: P.V. Das
  V.G. Hebert (History/Interdisciplinary Studies)
  S. Jobbitt
  M.D. Stevenson (History/Interdisciplinary Studies)
Adjunct Professors: L. DiMatteo
  C.N. Hatton
  R. Jobbitt
  N. Lepine
  P. Raffo
  D. Ratz
  T. Tronrud
Professional Associates: S. Janes
  M. Szybalski
  C. Wakefield
Professors Emeriti of History: M.S. Chen
  A.E. Epp
  V.C. Smith

According to Cicero, “history is the witness that testifies to the passing of time; it illuminates reality, vitalizes memory, provides guidance in daily life.” All of our programs are designed so you are afforded an opportunity to become involved in the process of creating a shared understanding of past events and to pursue areas of history relevant to your own concerns.

Our programs will acquaint you with the various approaches to the study of History and provide you with the skills to analyze any issue within its historical context and prepare you to meet today’s challenges. Geographically our courses encompass North America, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa, South Asia, and the Circumpolar World. Because our classes are relatively small, you will be able to pursue your studies in close collaboration with your professors.

The Department of History offers a number of undergraduate program options for students at the Thunder Bay Campus, Orillia Campus, and Online.  At the Thunder Bay Campus, students can take a standard 3-year Bachelor of Arts (History Major) and a 4-year Honours Bachelor of Arts (History Major). You may choose to combine your History degree with a degree in English, French, Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology, Women's Studies, Outdoor Recreation, Parks and Tourism, and Concurrent Education. All of our Honours programs can also be combined with a Specialization in Public History of Military History.

We also offer a popular Community Placement that allows you to gain experience in history and heritage related jobs. All the programs offered through our department are international exchange friendly.  You have the exceptional and unconventional opportunity to study, travel and make friends around the world. Immerse yourself in a new culture, learn more about yourself and expand your global perspective.

At our Orillia Campus and Online the Department of History offers a 3-year Bachelor of Arts (History Major) and the Minor program in history.  Students can also combine their BA at the Orillia Campus with Concurrent Education at the Primary-Junior level.

A degree in History prepares students for the job market in a variety of ways. Because knowledge of the past is essential for understanding the present and anticipating the future, graduates of our programs are found wherever their analytical skills are needed, including business, law, and government service. History courses also develop students' writing, interpersonal, and organizational skills. Many of our graduates follow careers in teaching, and others find employment in History-related fields such as archival work, libraries, and historical research.

The following History programs are offered:

Each program is marked with a TB, O or W designation to distinguish where each program is available.
(TB = Thunder Bay campus, O = Orillia campus, W = online)

Honours BA (History Major) (TB)
BA (History Major) 4 Year (TB)
Honours BA (English and History Majors) (TB)
BA (English and History Majors) 4 Year (TB)
Honours BA (French and History Majors) (TB)
Honours BA (History and Philosophy Majors) (TB)
Honours BA (Political Science and History Majors) (TB)
Honours BA (History and Sociology Majors) (TB)
Honours BA (History and Women's Studies Majors) (TB)
BA (History Major) (TB)(O)(W)
BA (History Major)/Honours Bachelor of Outdoor Recreation (TB)
Certificate in Public History (TB)
Specialization in Public History (TB)
Specialization in Military History (TB)
History Minor Program (TB)(O)
BA, BEd (History Major) P/J(TB)(O)
BA, BEd (History Major) I/S(TB)
Honours BA, BEd (History Major) P/J(TB)
Honours BA, BEd (History Major) P/J Five Year Accelerated Program (TB)
Honours BA, BEd (History Major) I/S(TB)
Honours BA, BEd (History Major) I/S Five Year Accelerated Program (TB)
Honours BA, BEd (English and History Major) I/S(TB)
Honours BA, BEd (French and History Major) I/S(TB)