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Wilfrid Laurier University Leaf
October 22, 2014
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History at Laurier 

History is one of the strongest arts programs at Laurier. 21 full-time faculty members cover African, American, Asian, Canadian, European and Middle Eastern history. 

Within these areas, we are especially strong in 

  • social history (particularly women and family) 
  • intellectual history 
  • history of Canada’s First Nations
  • history of science and exploration
  • war and society 
  • military history 
You can also study History at Laurier Brantford

    Program highlights  

    • Laurier’s History Department is among the strongest in Canada for a mid-sized university, especially in Canadian, US and modern European history. 
    • The History Students’ Association arranges social and academic events that give students the opportunity to get to know one another and their professors.  
    • History students at Laurier have the opportunity to study abroad as part of their course work. 

    Courses offered 

    First Year 

    • Medieval Europe
    • Problems in US History
    • 20th Century Europe (1918-1991)

    Popular courses

    • History on Film
    • Canadian Military History
    • Slavery in the United States
    • Science/Environment in Canadian History

    Complete course listings and descriptions. 

    Admission Requirements

    Honours BA History

     4U Requirements IB Requirements  Admission Range 
     English at 60% HL or SL English at 4 

    Mid 70s

    IB Minimum score: 28 


    As a history graduate, you will have the ability analyze dense information, think critically and communicate effectively. These are skills that are valued by employers. 

    A history degree serves as an excellent foundation for a variety of careers, including law, teaching and journalism. Many history grads also go on to MA and PhD programs across Canada, the United States and Europe. 

    Student experience 

    000Torch.jpg“History has always been revealing about humanity,” says fourth-year history student, Barry Torch. “History has shown me so much about how humanity works as a species, how we progress and regress, and most importantly, what we as a species can do when we work in harmony.” 

    With such passion for the study of history, Torch chose Laurier not only for its strong academics but also for its reputation of being a small, welcoming campus. “I’ve heard so much about the level of student volunteering and spirit from so many people that I wanted to experience it for myself."

    Torch has also been involved with Fashion ‘n’ Motion – a student-run dance and fashion show with proceeds going to a selected charity – and the History Students’ Association (HSA). Through his involvement with the HSA, Torch has participated in events such as the Tri-University Undergraduate Conference, Meet the Profs night and Remembrance Day celebrations. He was been elected HSA President for the 2011-2012 academic year. 

    Upon graduating from Laurier, Torch hopes to obtain a master’s degree in history or art history from the University of Toronto.

    Faculty experience 

    0000Neylan.jpgSome might wonder how basketball and brass bands have become “meaningful expressions of Aboriginal distinctiveness.” For Dr. Susan Neylan, it’s more than a wonder; it’s her new research endeavour.

    “My findings demonstrate how older cultural identities and practices persist in new forms and how by the 20th and 21st centuries, these musical groups and sports teams had emerged as village-based, connective institutions that intertwined family, community and culture,” explains Dr. Neylan.

    Dr. Neylan’s research focuses on Canadian history and in Aboriginal/non-Aboriginal relations in particular.  She specializes in the Indigenous encounter with Christianity on the Northwest Coast of North America in the 19th and 20th centuries. Her research has taken her through the pages of Canada’s Aboriginal history but it is at Laurier that she feels grounded.

    “What I like most about my job as a professor is having that balance between satisfying my own intellectual curiosity about the past through research and writing, and sharing that enthusiasm for learning about other times, places and peoples in my teaching undergraduateand graduate students.”