About Us

The History Department studies the past to prepare historically informed global citizens for the challenges of today and tomorrow. Our faculty and students produce historical knowledge and interpretations that reveal how and why the past matters.

We have several areas of research focus in history: Canadian, Digital, Environmental/ Science/Medicine, Gender/Women, Indigenous, International/Global, Public History, Social/Cultural, and War/Conflict. Several of our faculty have cross-appointments to other departments or programs.

In geographic terms, we teach undergraduate and graduate courses on Canada, the United States, Europe, East Asia, Middle East, and Africa. Our department supports an undergraduate program in International Relations, in conjunction with the Department of Political Science, and we run an undergraduate program in American Studies. Our graduate students earn a Ph.D. in History or M.A. in History. The M.A. options include a 12-month program, a 2-year program with a thesis, and a Public History M.A.

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172-year-old home spared from demolition in Oxford County

Southwest Oxford Council has approved a notice of intent to designate Elgin Hall as heritage - Includes comments from Assistant Professor Cody Groat

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Pope's visit to Canada sparks calls to renouce centuries-old Doctrine of Discovery

Assistant Professor Cody Groat comments on papal visit and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada's call for an apology

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What Pope Francis left out in his words of apology to residential school survivors

Includes comments from Assistant Professor Cody Groat. Groat has been quoted in various articles about Pope Francis' visit

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