Why Study History?

The past is endlessly provocative – but also endlessly entertaining and absorbing. The study of history is not just learning about things that happened years ago. History tells us how we got to today – and may help us to chart a course for tomorrow.

Understanding history is also about the imagination. To make sense of the past, we have to look at it on its own terms, rather than according to modern assumptions. Seeing the past through the eyes of those who lived it requires historical imagination – imagination that is informed by critical thinking and analytical skills. History allows us to research, to ask questions, to debate, to write – with the whole range of human experience as the backdrop.

Our graduates go on to careers in law, government, the arts, education, IT, finance – all using the skills they developed while studying history.

Why Study History at Western?

Western's History Department is one of the largest in Canada. In any given year, students can choose from over 60 undergraduate courses. Our small class sizes allow students to engage with their peers and professors, and expand their historical knowledge.

Whether you’re interested in politics or people, empires or environments, war, love, capitalism, pirates or zombies, we have courses that will make you think.

When you sign up for a history course, be prepared to be intrigued, appalled, provoked, angered, surprised, but most of all engaged.