campus and talent operations specialist
"I currently work in a high-tech corporate environment and when I tell people that my background is in history, they're often shocked. People are confused because they may have a preconceived notion of what a history degree is. But I want everyone to know that the History program at Laurier provides students with the dynamic and flexible skills needed in any working environment. History students at Laurier are trained to be a valuable addition to any workplace.
"I learned something new from each professor in the program and those lessons still impact the way that I work today. The camaraderie among students and professors in the department is also something that I remember fondly. The History department provides a supportive environment for its students and there are plenty of opportunities to get involved in special projects or clubs."
"One of the best parts of the History program is the wide variety of topics. And the challenges inherent in studying the Middle Ages made me a stronger historian.
"This program pairs well with multiple disciplines and allows students to develop transferable skills that can be applied to further study and employment opportunities. The faculty are innovative and passionate about what they teach and help students excel.
"Laurier pairs academic excellence with a welcoming and supportive environment. I was involved with a number of extracurricular activities during my time as an undergrad, and I have made lifelong friends and connections throughout my time here. I could not have asked for a better undergraduate experience. It’s great to be a Laurier Golden Hawk!"
"The History program at Laurier has so many opportunities that, quite frankly, you’re not going to find elsewhere. You’re so much more than just a number and professors take a genuine interest in not only your studies, but you as a person as well. The History department has some of the most incredible, knowledgeable, passionate and kind professors at Laurier. Classes are small and you the ability to really get to know your professors.
"I am so thankful for everything Laurier has given me, from the opportunities of a lifetime to amazing friends and seeing lots of cute dogs. I could not have picked a more perfect school."
Bachelor of Education candidate at Brock University
"Laurier is a community. No matter where I turned, in lecture halls, academic buildings or the gym, I was greeted by friendly faces. And the History program allows you to be your own historian and find your passion within the field. There are multiple opportunities to engage in history inside and outside of the classroom. Many professors offer research placement opportunities, there is a residence learning community (RLC) floor for History and many dinners and social events for the program. This program is small and I always felt supported to follow my passions.
"I enjoyed how flexible the program was. I was able to customize coursework based on my interests, and in fourth year, I took research seminar where I was able to independently pursue my own research. I also enjoyed the mentorship program where each student was paired with a professor who helped guide the student throughout their time at Laurier.
"I had countless opportunities to get involved at Laurier, both volunteer based and academic, which allowed me to grow as a student and a person. Laurier is a place students can call home. A place where they can explore their academics, find their passions and be supported along the way. After my four years, I can definitely say it’s great to be a Laurier Golden Hawk!"
health-care services advisor
"Spending five years studying history at Laurier was one of the greatest experiences of my life. Laurier offers one of the best history programs in all of Canada, with high academic standards and a friendly faculty who are willing to engage with and help students. Its small class sizes allow for students to meaningfully discuss a wide range of topics with both their peers and professors.
"One of the best experiences I had in the History program was taking fourth-year seminar courses. These courses allowed me to engage in critical thinking and group discussions. The small class sizes, from first-year tutorials to graduate seminars, helped facilitate meaningful discourses on important topics in history.
"Professors always encouraged students to meet with them to discuss lectures, assignments and all things history. The friendly attitude, the great knowledge and quality of faculty made each and every professor a great resource.
"Students leave the History program at Laurier with highly developed abilities to think critically, read and comprehend large volumes of information, and write clearly, succinctly and directly. These skills are not only applicable in academia but are useful in understanding the world around us and are useful in many industries today."
senior communications consultant, Redbrick Communications
"Enrolling in History at Laurier lets you have the best of both worlds — the department is small enough to offer students a real sense of community and yet it’s still able to offer a wide range of courses to suit the interests of any budding historian.
"The faculty are knowledgeable, engaging and approachable. More importantly, they are invested in their students. The program challenges students to develop and sharpen their research, analytical and communications skills. 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. As a communications consultant who works on strategic communications planning, I need to have top-notch writing skills, but also the ability to think critically and analytically. My BA in History from Laurier gave me the foundation I needed to build those skills."
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