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Becoming a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.


First Year

The underlying idea in a first-year courses is to introduce you to the persons, events, ideas and forces which have shaped history and which should form part of the cultural literacy of every educated person.

Discover the transnational spread of trade and philosophy in HI121: Ancient History in a Global Context and the origins of the War on Terror in HI199: The Roots of Now: Modern World History. In HI133: History and Popular Culture in the Modern World, study the development and meaning of British pub culture or Rastfarian music. While trying to solve five historic mysteries, students are exposed to historic evidence and research methods in HI124: History Detectives.

Second Year

By second year, the majority of courses focus on the history of one region or population group, such as the rise of Nazism in HI257: Germany’s Descent into Catastrophe or the consequences of colonialism in HI292: Canada to Confederation.

Courses may also focus on a specific topic such as HI256: History of Human Rights or the way history is told via cinema in HI260: History on Film.

These courses are each designed to advance your foundational knowledge of history and give them opportunities to practice historic analysis, writing and research.

Third Year

Third-year courses offer greater specialization and depth of topics, regions or eras. Learn about Jack the Ripper in HI393: Crime, Sex, and Scandal in 19th-Century Britain or the origins of Karate in HI393: Popular Cultures of Contemporary East Asia.

In addition to pursuing primary source research, senior students also focus more on the craft of history and scholarly debates in the discipline.

Fourth Year

The crowning experience of the honours History program is the fourth-year seminars. In these learner-centered courses, you take responsibility for preparing your weekly readings for class discussion and for researching your primary-research papers, thereby empowering yourself through independent study.

You'll hone your skills of oral and written expression by sharing your ideas and writing with other seminar participants.

The instructors guide you in your exploration of historiography and in your research in primary documents. These are skills which will prove extremely useful to you well beyond the classroom setting.

The topic of the seminar rotates based on faculty availability. Recent seminars included:

  • Indigenous North America
  • Chinese Revolutions
  • War and Memory
  • British Imperialism and Culture

"History courses were my favourite part of my time at Laurier. Classes were small in size, which allows students to get to know each other and professors. There were so many opportunities to further my learning by taking class field trips, attending speaker series and working as a research assistant. In third year, I took the Indigenous Peoples of Eastern Canada course. A class field trip to visit the Mohawk Institute and the residential school really helped me understand the importance of studying the past."

– Wendi Winter (BA '15)


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