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Welcome to History

History at the University of Waterloo offers recognized excellence in research and in teaching. Diverse learning experiences emphasize innovative thematic approaches, as captured in our undergraduate specializations.

Through courses, as well as Co-operative education, international experiences, and experiential learning opportunities, our graduates possess a unique set of technical, creative, critical, and analytical skills of value to diverse career pathways.

Our graduate program is part of the Tri-University partnership, one of the largest History graduate programs in Canada. We offer both Masters and Doctoral programs with numerous research opportunities.

We invite you to explore our website and learn more about our dynamic department! 

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Curious about studying history? Explore our undergraduate program that offers history courses that not only enrich your knowledge but prepare you for future careers in the field.

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Fascinated with history? Learn more about our graduate program and contact our team to walk you through the application process and answer any questions you may have.

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We want to hear from you! Share your alumni experience with us and how our programs helped you become passionate for history in your current career.


The Government of Canada has just announced that Dr. Talena Atfield has been named a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Tentewatenikonhra'khánion (We Will Put Our Minds Together). Dr. Atfield is of Kanien'kehá:ka of the Grand River and mixed settler backgrounds and is an assistant professor in the Department of History.

Dr. Palmer Patterson, retired Professor of History at the University of Waterloo, passed away on May 17, 2023.  He was a scholar of the history of Indigenous peoples in Canada, and later in his career of the American South during the post-Civil War period.