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 their 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! 

  1. Jan. 2, 2020The Return of the Liberal Arts Major

    LinkedIn's Dan Schawbel included the return of the Liberal Arts Major as a workplace trend to watch for in 2020. Read more on this article by Inc.

  2. Nov. 21, 2019Playing with the Past
    Students participating in class game session

    By Troy Osborne, Dean of Conrad Grebel University College, Associate Professor of History

    Should sixteenth-century Augsburg city councillors tolerate religious dissent? What is the best way to secure the social contract in revolutionary France? Will a newly independent India be a Hindu, Muslim, or multi-faith nation? Students grapple with these questions as they take part in one of the “Reacting to the Past” role-playing games

  3. Sep. 23, 2019Distinguished Professor Emerita receives RSC medal
    Wendy Mitchinson and colleagues

    Last week the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) named Distinguished Professor Emerita of History, Wendy Mitchinson, as the recipient of the 2019 Jason A. Hannah Medal, which is awarded for works that advance Canadian research in the history of medicine.

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  1. Feb. 3, 2020Lecture: "Messianic Pan-Africanism in Inter-War North America."
    A group of white men gather around a burning African-American individual.

    Please join us for a joint event sponsored by the Department of Political Science and the Department of History's Speaker Series. 

  2. Mar. 7, 2020MacKinnon Dinner

    Please join the History Society for this year’s MacKinnon Dinner with special guest speaker, Dr. Amy Milne-Smith from Wilfrid Laurier University. The dinner will take place on March 7th.

    Further details to come.

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