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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
July 1, 2015
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Alumni Testimonials

“Studying in history enables you to vastly improve your communication, writing, time management, and critical thinking skills.” [read more]

Andre Furlong, Archives and Special Collections, Wilfrid Laurier University Library

“I was encouraged to take a broad range of courses that allowed me to expand my interest in different areas of historical inquiry.  I had the benefit of being taught by approachable, engaging professors who fostered my ability to think critically and communicate effectively.” [read more]

Lianne Leddy, Canada Graduate Scholarship Winner, Assistant Professor, Memorial University

“Laurier is a great choice, if you're looking for a community-oriented school and faculty, with excellent staff, incredible chances for learning inside and outside of the classroom, and skills you'll use for the rest of your life.” [read more]

Vanessa Fransen, BA Honours History and English, 2012

"Learning how to research, communicate effectively, and think critically contributed greatly to my entrance to a top graduate school, and later positions at the World Bank, Ontario Ministry of Finance, and RBC." [read more]

Paul Yeung, Senior Manager, Royal Bank of Canada

“A genuine respect for students, creativity, interactive lectures, challenging readings, and a whole lot of energy are all fundamentals of the Laurier history program.” [read more]

Sarah Waurechen, SSHRC Post-Doctoral Fellowship Holder, McGill University

“In hindsight one of the most beneficial aspects of my experience with the history department was the acknowledgement that not everyone who studies history has to become a historian by profession.” [read more]

Jenna Bailey, Specialized Inuit Kindergarten Teacher and
Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal Recipient, Ottawa-Carleton District School Board

“As a law student, the ability to quickly interpret and synthesize wide bodies of literature is critical. To this regard, I believe that my experience as a history student has proved especially useful.” [read more]

Kyle Gerow, Law Student, University of Toronto Faculty of Law

"In their role as educators—and in a few cases even mentors—my WLU history professors demonstrated an unwavering commitment to me as a student." [read more]

Jonathan Patch, Teacher, Seoul, South Korea

“The critical thinking and writing skills I developed in the program have been vital to my success both in graduate school and now in my career.” [read more]

Lisa Timoshenko, Senior Communications Consultant, Redbrick Communications

“The Laurier history programme is exceptional for its focus on small discussion groups.  From first year right up until graduation, students were given the chance to discuss and debate with each other in friendly, supportive classroom environments.” [read more]

Madelaine Morrison, Doctoral Candidate, Canada Graduate Scholarship Winner, Carleton University

“Throughout my time at Laurier, the small class sizes helped facilitate meaningful discourses on important topics in history, all the way from first-year tutorials to graduate seminars.” [read more]

Tyler Brakel, M.A. in History, 2012

 “My history degree has provided me with transferable skills that I can take with me and use in various facets of my life, whether it’s my education, work, or my personal life.” [read more]

Suzanne Glenn, Joseph-Armand Bombardier Master’s Scholarship Winner, M.A. Student in Education