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History (BA)

 waterloo | Also available in brantford

History is the study of the past and the reason why change happens. This discipline is exciting and communicates a profound and practical understanding of how our world came into being. At Laurier, we study ordinary and exceptional people living in many places and conditions, from the ancient past to recent times.

Laurier’s History department teaches all periods from ancient to modern and is especially strong in the following topics:

  • Global history (both regional and transnational courses);
  • War and its impact;
  • Social, cultural and gender history; and
  • Innovative thematic courses (music, crime, business).

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. We offer multiple degree options, travel courses and small-enrolment seminars.

Laurier’s History department focuses on developing analytical and communication skills. These skills are invaluable in such varied professions as law, education, journalism and public and international service. We also offer courses where we teach you to use digital applications such as web design, open source publishing and documentary video creation.

You can also apply for a Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Master of Arts (MA) in History to receive two conditional offers of admission: one to undergraduate studies (BA) in History, and one to graduate studies (MA) in History.

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Department of History

Program Highlights

  • View the History experience guide and learn about the opportunities at Laurier that will help prepare you, both inside and outside the classroom, for your future career.
  • Many classes, including first-year courses, have small weekly tutorials.
  • There are no required courses in the program: students are able to work in the areas of history which interest them.
  • Study abroad as part of your coursework by taking travel courses such as the War and Memory summer course, where you'll visit memorials and battlefields across Europe.
  • Program is divided into thematic 'Tracks': Social Issues and Globalization, Politics, Power and Law, Culture The Arts and Society and Peace and War Studies.
  • Home of the Faculty of Arts’ Applied Digital Option, in which you'll learn to use programs and apps to carry out research, create and edit documentary films, publish open source texts, and build websites.

Sample Courses

  • The History of Alcohol
  • Native Peoples of Western Canada
  • Pirates! A World History
  • Great Battles in History
  • The History of Madness
  • The History of International Relations
  • Ten Moments in the Making of the Modern Middle East
  • Show Business: An American History
  • Canadian-American Relations
  • War in Asia
  • Golden Age Spain
  • Global Human Rights


International Baccalaureate Requirements

  • HL or SL English at 3.
  • IB Minimum Score: 26.

Design Your Degree

These are a few popular academic opportunities that allow you to dive deeper into your major area of study or broaden your knowledge:

  • Research Specialization
  • Applied Digital Option
  • Music and Cultural History Option
  • Legal Studies Option
  • Management Option

Check out other options to enhance your degree.

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