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Why History at Laurier?
The History Department at Laurier is one of the most comprehensive and dynamic
in Canada. We have 22 full-time faculty, with research and teaching expertise
stretching across the globe, and as a result we are able to offer a huge
selection of courses at every level of the program. At Laurier you will learn
from internationally-recognized experts, and will always be connected with the
latest research. History is always being made at Laurier!
Our program is also very flexible. You can study for a single Honours
BA, or combine History with another major in a Combined Honours BA such
Medieval Studies, as well as options including Applied Digital Studies and Laurier’s Management Option. We have no
specific required courses, not even in first year. Instead our courses are
divided into four main tracks or themes that are
designed to help you organize your academic interests. They are: (1) social
issues and globalization; (2) peace and war; (3) politics, power and law; and
(4) culture, arts and society.
In the Department of History we place great emphasis on smaller class experiences where you can really get to know your instructors. We believe that this is the basis of a quality education and we think that it helps explain the excellence and high achievements of our graduates.
Chair, History Dept
Senior Administrative Assistant
People at Laurier
Susan Neylan studies the history of Aboriginal-Settler relations in Canada, specifically Aboriginal roles in mission work in British Columbia and how local churches were indigenized. While highlighting Aboriginal agency, she also explores Christianization as colonialism. Recently Neylan has focused on forms of cultures introduced by missionaries that subsequently became unique expressions of Aboriginal identity, such as brass bands or sports, such as basketball. Her research has been supported by SSHRC grants and a Fulbright award.