The History program aims to give students the opportunity to explore the human experience in different times and places, at the same time helping them to master research, critical reading, thinking and writing skills in both of Canada’s official languages. Students look at past events of various countries and regions from different perspectives, trying to connect those events in meaningful ways. Because understanding is a pre-condition for purposeful action, it is necessary for students to grasp how politics, society, culture, and economics have developed and changed throughout history in order to make sense of our contemporary world.
WHY HISTORY AT GLENDON?
Our professors’ research and teaching specialities allow students to explore a range of issues and fields such as the cross-cultural exchanges in the Ancient World, food history, medieval science and thought, the Italian Renaissance, early modern European intellectual and political history, employment and labour movements in Canada and Quebec, global commodity exchanges, revolutions in Latin America, transnational migrations to Canada, women’s and gender history, transnational social movement and feminism, the French resistance, decolonisation, Canadian environmental history, historical memory, public history. Our geographical focus is on the Americas, particularly Canada and Latin America, and Europe.
Our department offers a specialty in public history with courses and a cross-disciplinary certificate in public history.
We also offer excellent training by teaching historical methodology courses and helping our students acquire key transferrable skills important to a large number of professional sectors.
We encourage our students’ creativity and support digital literacy by giving our students access to the Glendon Digital Media Lab for their course projects.
The department provides our students with opportunities to get work experience through our placements in cultural and heritage institutions. We can also help students create their community service-learning opportunity.
Within our liberal arts context, it is easy to combine a degree in history with any number of other academic fields, such as French, Spanish, economics, or international studies.
Glendon’s History Club organizes activities such as movie nights, field trips to historical sites, and lectures by guest speakers.
Diploma’s in history can be taken in the context of an International baccalaureat (iBA) bilingual or trilingual.
History is an innovative and dynamic discipline. Studying history helps to develop critical thinking, research, problem-solving, and communication skills, as well as the ability to produce evidence-based arguments. History also creates ‘an appreciation of the complexity and diversity of situations, events, and mentalities of the past.’ All are transferable skills and knowledge that are crucial for the job market of the 21st century, and history provides an understanding of the past essential for an informed and engaged citizenry. A degree in history prepares you for varied careers as a teacher, librarian, lawyer, public servant, documentary filmmaker, journalist, writer, editor, diplomat, museum curator, administrator in the cultural, heritage, and education sectors, archivist, and more.
Glendon History graduate John McNee “joined the Global Centre for Pluralism as its first Secretary General on September 6, 2011. A career diplomat, he served as Canada’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York from 2006-2011. During his career, he also served as Canadian Ambassador to Belgium, Luxembourg, Syria and Lebanon and Canada’s representative to the Council of Europe. In addition, he was posted to Tel Aviv, London and Madrid. John McNee joined the Department of External Affairs in 1978 and worked in various capacities in the Department including as Assistant Deputy Minister for Africa and the Middle East. He also served in the Foreign and Defence Policy Secretariat of the Privy Council Office.” Watch John McNee speak about Canada and the World at the Glendon Grads Address Canada @150 in 2017.
NEW CROSS-DISCIPLINARY CERTIFICATE IN PUBLIC HISTORY
Glendon undergraduate students may earn a Cross-Disciplinary Certificate in Public History concurrent with fulfilment of the requirements for a bachelor’s degree.
For more information, please see the Certificate page.
INTERNATIONAL BACHELOR OF ARTS
History is available as a bilingual or trilingual international Bachelor of Arts.
GLENDON HISTORICAL SOCIETY
You can join the Glendon Historical Society to connect with other students who are interested in history and to learn about film screenings, museum visits, and other great activities outside the classroom. You can find them on Facebook, Instagram @glendonhistoricalsociety, and contact by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A wide variety of guest lecturers visit Glendon throughout the year, providing students the opportunity to benefit from their expertise. See details on the Glendon Historical Society facebook page, and through the @GlendonHistory twitter account.