History provides insights into the human experience, and skills to help you make your own path in today’s world.
Whether you’re looking for an interesting course, or want to specialize in History, this discipline offers a student-centred approach to analyzing complex issues.
We encourage critical thinking by exploring a diversity of viewpoints on fascinating topics. Specialized courses build upon faculty research and scholarly publications.
Our students generate invigorating classes as they grapple with the political, economic, social, and environmental forces that shaped the past.
Relatively small classes offer excellent opportunities for learning and leadership. Professors know you by name. Students become fully engaged through interactive lectures, tutorial discussions, small-group work, technical workshops, and oral presentations.
Experiential Learning at Point Pelee National Park
Students in Prof. George Warecki’s History 2170A Parks, People, and Power recently completed an experiential learning field trip to Point Pelee National Park, near Leamington, Ontario. After a two-hour coach ride through heavy rain, the skies cleared upon arrival at the park. Students encountered five different habitat types – including the beach at the tip, Canada’s southernmost point on the mainland. Another highlight was a guided paddle tour of the marsh in a large freighter canoe. One week later, in a follow-up report, students offered personal reflections on the trip and explained what they had learned about the changing ecology of the park and its human activities. All agreed that the outing was a great alternative to classroom learning. Warecki plans to teach the course again in the fall of 2018, when he will lead another field trip to a major park.
To learn about prerequisites for the History program, please click on the appropriate category below:
- Honors Specialization in History
- Specialization in History
- Major in History (may combine with other majors)
- Major in Canadian Social and Environmental History
- Minor in History (may combine with other programs)
- Minor in Canadian Studies
Looking for an Interesting Course?
Not sure if History is for you? Take an introductory course and find out. We recommend Food in World History, Totalitarianism, Tackling Nature, European History, and Canadian History.
Some of the Questions We Explore
- Why was Anne Boleyn executed?
- How did the Spanish Flu spread?
- Did women feel liberated by their wartime experience?
- Why did governments pay schoolchildren to kill gophers?
- Did the British engage in biological warfare?
- Why did aboriginals burn the landscape?
- Why did authorities sterilize the mentally challenged?
- What did sports reveal about gender and class?
- Who was Jack the Ripper?
- What do we know about the Virgin Queen?
- Did Robin Hood wander the English Royal Forests?
- What role did women play in the French Revolution?
- How did workers confront capitalism?
- How did the world escape nuclear catastrophe in 1962?
- How did families survive the great Depression?
- Why was racism so pervasive?
- How did food become a force in global history?
- Effective research – finding and organizing reliable sources
- Critical reading – processing and understanding large amounts of information
- Effective expression and argument (oral and written)
- Interpretation/Analysis – identifying significant trends
- Making balanced judgments on complicated issues
“The stellar teaching experience provided by Dr. Morrison and Dr. Warecki in my History classes prepared me to examine the lenses through which I see the world, enabling me to develop better connections with people from completely different backgrounds. This was particularly evident during my year living in China. Over time, what has stood out most about my experience at Brescia is the support I have received from mentors, even well after graduating. It was my regular after-class discussions with Dr. Morrison that first kindled the belief in me that I had something to offer the world. Since graduating, she has continued to remind me of this worth every time I have approached intimidating career decisions, giving me the courage to try new challenges and reach new heights.”
– Veronica Stanford ’14, Development Officer at Educating Girls of Rural China
“The skills, professors and size of the campus were what attracted me to Brescia. I was afraid of being lost in the shuffle of a bigger campus. At Brescia, I became active in the community and more confident in speaking my mind in public. Without the community and mentorship of my professors, I would not have become the first member of my family to go to graduate school. Further, the confidence I gained at Brescia allowed me to aim even higher, and I am currently working on a PhD in Canadian History, something I never dreamed that I could do! I have not forgotten the skills I learned at Brescia, and in my role as a teaching assistant I always try to channel the patience and encouragement of my Brescia professors.”
– Chelsea Barranger ’13, PhD Candidate at McMaster University