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.
Students broaden their understanding of the world, consistent with a liberal arts education. They also develop skills vital in today’s workplace.
- 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 judgements on complicated issues
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.
Enroll in Social Sciences and take a broad range of courses in your first year, including one full History course. In February, choose one of these unique programs, designed for Brescia students:
- 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
Choose to make History at Brescia!
The full-time faculty members are:
The contract faculty members are:
- Mr. Wesley Gustavson
- Dr. Michael Ramsay
History provides an excellent foundation for careers in education, information management, human resources, business and finance, law, politics, government, journalism, and social services. Our graduates have completed MAs or PhDs at other universities in Canada, the United States, and the U.K.
“Why did I study history at Brescia? – Because having the privilege of viewing the world in a way that challenged my understanding of why things are the way they are, was a crucial element of my university education.
You can’t be complacent. Life doesn’t happen in a vacuum. The events of today are very much rooted in the events of the past, and one way to navigate today’s world is by having a firm grasp of the past. Never has this been more evident than in my current job as a tour guide with the Museum of Naval History. In Port Burwell, Ontario, there is an Oberon class submarine on display, a type of sub that Canada used during the Cold War. Information about the Cold War is always changing, especially as new secrets are revealed. My background in history has been instrumental in my ability to take vast quantities of information, critique and summarize it, and then relay that package to people with different backgrounds and interest levels. History helped in my education post undergrad, as I was able to use the analytical and writing skills from my degree to pursue a Master of Library and Information Science. Being able to write well is an important part of librarianship, and history at Brescia helped hone that particular skill. Why study history at Brescia? Because it makes sense. Plus, it’s fun, practical, and challenging, the professors are great, and the small classes are helpful. Try your hand at the past today.”
~ Pamela Lupa – Class of 2011
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?