More than ever, we need to be connected to the past to understand our present and future. The history program at our Brantford campus will introduce you to the people, events and ideas that have shaped our reality. More than we realize, the current challenges facing humanity – and how we approach these challenges – are grounded in historical events.
History students develop exceptional writing, research, and critical thinking skills, as well as the ability to understand events and issues in their proper historical and cultural contexts.
Laurier’s History program is designed with multiple opportunities for students to enhance their acquirement of historic knowledge and skills through a rigorous curriculum which includes traditional classroom learning through lectures and seminar discussions and hands-on training to be a historian.
This program engages students in the history of North America, Europe, Britain, and Asia with faculty who have expertise in military history, indigenous history, social history, women’s and gender history, and the history of art and pop culture.
Some recent student research projects include:
Travel to Belgium and France on a two-week battlefield tour. You'll visit memorials, cemeteries, museums, and battlefields important to Canada’s experiences in the World Wars, including Vimy Ridge, Ypres, Dieppe, and Normandy. Walk in the footsteps of soldiers and nurses, as you explore the ethics of war, the interplay of history and memory, and the implications of battlefield tourism.
As part of the course HI323: Memory, Monuments, and Museums, you'll participate in a placement with a local heritage organization and contribute research or other expertise towards a local history project. You'll work alongside professionals and volunteers in the heritage community and develop public history skills and networks. Past placements included the Brant Museum and Archives, the Bell Homestead, and the Great War Centenary Association. (This is a required course for students pursuing the Public History specialization or Public History minor.)
This program hosts a biannual People Make History lecture series, sponsored by Mary B. Stedman, which brings the participant of a major historic event to campus each term to share their story. You are invited to meet with the speaker in small groups and learn from their experiences. Previous speakers included:
Honours History majors can opt to specialize in Public History, which includes a Community Service-Learning placement in a local heritage site, archive, or museum.
Students may also combine their honours History major with another major, or take History as a minor.
"I often say that Laurier’s Brantford campus spoiled me. I had the opportunity to learn from passionate, engaged faculty who knew me by name and were genuinely invested in my academic success." – Catherine Brunskill (BA '10)
"I often say that Laurier’s Brantford campus spoiled me. I had the opportunity to learn from passionate, engaged faculty who knew me by name and were genuinely invested in my academic success."
– Catherine Brunskill (BA '10)
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