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History

History at Huron is a dynamic and exciting department that explores the rich and varied landscapes of the human past. A sense of the past is essential to personal identity, national unity and international co-existence. Yet, modern society makes the past increasingly elusive. The study of History produces an awareness of the fragility of our knowledge of the past, and the critical tools we need to examine the many versions of the past offered to us.

Studying History cultivates empathy, bring precision and energy to your writing, and connects you to professional networks. Our programs offer unparalleled opportunities for hands-on archival research, digital scholarship, research travel, local and global partnerships, and collaboration with faculty. In a world rocked by questions about truth, evidence and the nature of human understanding, history matters.

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Alumni Stories

The History department supports student success at every level of undergraduate learning and beyond. Our History students learn how to investigate narratives to distinguish between reality and falsehood: they are critical thinkers, expert writers and incredible sources of globally-focused knowledge. No wonder our History grads have gone on to attain truly exceptional careers and accolades. 

Learn more about some of our most-esteemed alumni and how their pursuit of a history degree formed the basis for their personal and professional success.

  • When you have a Philosophy degree, you can do anything you want with it. I feel pretty strongly about a Liberal Arts education
    Dave Beeston, BA'01
    Executive Vice President, Boston Red Sox
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Program Options

Huron's History Department offers flexible and innovative programs of study: Honours Specialisation, Major, Specialisation and Minor modules in History, and a unique set of interdisciplinary minors that add breadth and depth to your degree. Our joint program in Public History is the first of its kind in Canada, and one of only a handful of undergraduate Public History programs in North America.

Our new Huron Community History Centre connects global themes to local history, and provides collaborative, community-based research internships and opportunities for Huron History students in and beyond the classroom. History courses offer unparalleled opportunities for hands-on archival research, digital scholarship, research travel, local and global partnerships, and collaboration with faculty.  History courses offer unparalleled opportunities for hands-on archival research, digital scholarship, research travel, local and global partnerships, and collaboration with faculty. 

Honors Specialization
Specialization
Major
Minor

Huron’s joint minor in Public History is the only undergraduate Public History program in Canada. It is supported by Huron’s established strengths in community-based and active history partnerships with museums, heritage organizations, libraries and archives. 

A joint program offered by Huron University College, King's University College and Western University, public history explores how history is understood by and communicated to the public. 

Explore the many ways to communicate about history: museums, archives, historical sites, in films, fiction and on the web, and in policy making. History is all around us, and there are many different ways to share it.

You can combine the module with a History Honors Specialization, Major or Specialization, or with modules in other disciplines at Huron or at Western such as Archeology, Classical Studies, Geography, Visual Art and Media, Information and Technoculture.

Learn more about the Public History minor.

Study the histories of the Pacific Rim: the areas covering the western shores of North and South America; Australia; eastern Asia and the islands of the Pacific. Learn about these diverse areas, their cultures, challenges and contributions to the rich tapestry of world history.

Learn more about the Pacific Rim Studies minor.

Beginning with broad themes in early African history such as the Bantu migrations and the spread of Islam, this course provides an overview of pre-colonial African history and seeks to convey a history of Africa on its own terms, divorced from a Eurocentric perspective.

Learn about African-American history from its very beginnings through to today. Trace the diverse experiences of people of African descent around the world through historical and contemporary lenses.

In addition to learning about this struggles and achievements of this group of people, you will also have the opportunity to study religion, political science, geography and women's studies courses that draw comparisons between various minority groups and the world in the broadest sense. 

Learn more about the Histories of Africa and the African Diasporas minor.

The world can seem like an overwhelmingly big place, but more and more, our global community brings us face-to-face with diverse ways of thinking and living. The study of World History will empower students with knowledge about the philosophies, cultural and social practices and ideologies that shape different people, and their histories, around the globe.

Learn more about the World History minor.

Much of history describes the struggle for influence and dominance. Studies in Imperialism will explore how a variety of global powers have risen to, and fallen from, their positions. 

Learn about the leadership styles that have driven these groups to overtake and overthrow one another, and see how people have come together to resist regimes that attempted to dominate them. 

Learn more about the Studies in Imperialism minor.

Study the history of the interactions among the peoples bordering the Atlantic Ocean from the beginning of the Age of Discovery to the early 21st century. Investigate general historical themes, as well as the thought leadership that influenced these groups. 

Gain an appreciation for the religions, geography, ideologies and power structures that have worked together (and against one another) to create the Atlantic World as we understand it today. 

Learn more about the Atlantic World minor.

How can you possibly fully understand where you are today, if you lack awareness about what brought you here? When you study History at Huron, you will encounter a diverse array of narratives - some factual and some deeply influenced by the biases of humanity.

From broad surveys of History through to highly specialized topics of interest, History at Huron will teach you how to distinguish between the two and better understand which aspects of human nature and nurture are responsible for shaping history.

Learn more about the following programs offered in History:

Honors Specialization
Specialization
Major
Minor
Combined Honors Specialization Faculty of Arts and Social Science at Huron/HBA

Professors

We are a diverse and international group of scholars.  As a collegial unit, we thrive on collaborative and innovative teaching and support each others' impressive publication records. Our research, which is focused on the modern era, links the study of the past with vital social and political issues of today: indigenous rights, gender equality, the environment, education, modern slavery, citizenship and issues of law and justice.  

 

  • China has a rich history that spans countless centuries, making a study of its cultural practices over time an extraordinarily interesting academic endeavour. I look forward to supporting my students to learn about the significant political, military and social discourses that have shaped this world power - and its many dynamic dynasties ...
    Jun Fang, PhD
    Professor, History
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  • My goal when I teach is to transform how my students think. In particular, I want students to recognize the importance of historical context to understanding the contemporary world
    Geoff Read, PhD
    Dean, Arts and Social Science & Associate Professor, History
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History Department

History Courses

Our classes emphasize the connections between historical study and the world we live in today. Faculty research expertise addresses North America, China, and the British and French Empires, framing contemporary debates about slavery, freedom and race; the struggle for gender equality; indigeneity, empire and colonialism; and the parameters of law in the global context of individual freedoms. 

2018-2019 Courses

1000 Level Courses

HIS 1801E – Blood, Sweat & Gold: Controversies in Global History Peace/Compeau View course outline
HIS 1815F – Histories of Love Bell View course outline
HIS 1816G – Histories of Violence Bell View course outline

2000 Level Courses

HIS 2125F – Northern Enterprise: Canadian Business and Labour History Krats View course outline
HIS 2127G – In Search of Canada: Postwar to Present Krats View course outline
HIS 2204G – Crises and Confederation: The Making of Modern Canada Peace View course outline
HIS 2302G – American Modern: The United States in the Twentieth Century Reid-Maroney View course outline
HIS 2701E – Patterns and Perspectives in World History Compeau View course outline
HIS 2710F – Red, White, Black et Blancs: Early North American History Reid-Maroney View course outline
HIS 2712G – Tyrants and Tyranny Compeau View course outline
HIS 2810F – Gender in Modern Europe van Tol View course outline
HIS 2811F – Historians, Communities and the Past Compeau View course outline

3000-4999 Level Courses

HIS 3201E – Fist Peoples and Colonialism in Canada Peace View course outline
HIS 3313G – The Movement: Civil Rights and African American History in the 20th Century Reid-Maroney View course outline
HIS 3705E – Current Crises in Historical Perspective Charbonneau View course outline
HIS 3801E – The Historian's Craft Bell View course outline
HIS 4307F – American Dreams: Radicals and Reformers Reid-Maroney View course outline
HIS 4414F – Secrets, Spies and Surveillance Compeau View course outline
HIS 4422G – London UK: Crime and Disorder   Bell View course outline
HIS 4802G – Masculinity and Modern History Compeau View course outline
2017-2018 Courses

 

Course Instructor Course Outline
HIS 1801E – Controversies in Global History Peace/Read View course outline
HIS 1816F – Histories of Violence Fang View course outline

 

Course Instructor Course Outline
HIS 2125F – Northern Enterprise: Canadian Business and Labour History Krats View course outline
HIS 2127G – In Search of Canada: Postwar to Present Krats View course outline
HIS 2204G – Crises and Confederation Peace View course outline
HIS 2302G – American Modern: The United States in the Twentieth Century Reid-Maroney View course outline
HIS 2413E – Europe and the Paradoxes of Modernity Compeau View course outline
HIS 2602F – Pre-Colonial Africa Read View course outline
HIS 2603E – China: Tradition and Transformation  Fang View course outline
HIS 2604G – European Imperialism in Africa 1830-1994 Read View course outline
HIS 2811F – Historians, Communities and the Past Compeau View course outline
HIS 2701F – Red, White, Black et Blancs: The Americas to 1867 Peace View course outline
HIS 2821F – Jewish History to 1492 Rabbi C. Clark View course outline

 

Course Instructor Course Outline
HIS 3801E – The Historian's Craft Reid-Maroney View course outline
HIS 3311F – Slavery and Freedom: African American History 1600-1896 Reid Maroney View course outline
HIS 3411E – The British Isles from 1688: Glories Revolution to 'Broken Britian' Compeau View course outline
HIS 3497F – Criminals, Crime Scenes and Punishment in Medieval Britian Duggan View course outline
HIS 3898G – Selected Topics: Art and the Holocaust Halpern View course outline

 

Course Instructor Course Outline
HIS 4605E – War and Memory in Modern East Asia Fang View course outline
HIS 4702F – European Imperialism Read View course outline
HIS 4810G – Engaging with the Past: Practicing Active History Peace View course outline
HIS 4414G – Secrets, Spies and Surveillance in Modern British History Compeau View course outline

 

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History Careers

Our passion for the discipline, personalized small classes, student-driven teaching methods and individual encouragement help students set and achieve their goals. Our community and research connections also help to situate our graduates in a variety of fields. See below of career avenues which Huron History grads pursue. 

Also, visit the Canadian Historical Association's website to delve deeper into where a degree in History could take you! 

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Where will a degree in History take you?
  • Business
  • Journalism
  • Publishing
  • Marketing 
  • Tourism
  • Finance
  • Digital communications
  • Curriculum development
  • Public service
  • Heritage
  • Film
  • Teaching
  • Law
  • Social work 
  • Administration
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Key Contacts

Geoff Read, PhD

Dean, Arts and Social Sciences & Associate Professor, History
519.438.7224 ext. 222
gread4huron.uwo.ca
A106

Nina Reid-Maroney, PhD

Associate Professor, Chair of the History Department
519.438.7224 ext. 358
nreidmarhuron.uwo.ca
A305

Sherry Wells-Foster, MA

Coordinator, Dean's Office
519.438.7224 ext. 281
sherry.fosteruwo.ca
A106

8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.                  Monday - Friday

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