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History (BA)

 Waterloo  |  Also available in Brantford

Understanding history depends on the creative process of imagining how people thought and lived. At Laurier, we study ordinary and exceptional people living in many places and conditions, from ancient past to recent times.

Our program encourages you to specialize in what interests you, whether it’s cultural or art history, social or military history, or the history of crime or politics. Laurier’s History department teaches all periods from ancient to modern and is especially strong in the following topics:

  • The history of globalization (exploration, imperialism, decolonization)
  • War and its impact
  • Social (particularly gender) history
  • Cultural history
  • Regional history (Africa, Asia, Europe and North America)

Laurier’s History department focuses on developing communication skills. In addition to oral and written communication, we offer courses encouraging you to use digital applications such as website design and video.

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Program Highlights

Sample Courses

  • Great Battles
  • The History of Madness
  • The History of International Relations
  • Show Business: An American History
  • Peace and Conflict: Jews/Arabs
  • Finding Jack the Ripper
  • Problems in Modern Canadian History


  • Admission range of mid-70s.
  • English at 60%.
  • More admission requirements are available in our admissions toolkit.

International Baccalaureate Requirements

  • HL or SL English.
  • IB Minimum Score: 28.


Recent career examples of our graduates include:

  • Archivist
  • Historian
  • Historical site administrator
  • Journalist
  • Librarian
  • Museum curator
  • Paleontologist
  • Politician
  • Teacher

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