About the Department

The study of history promotes better understanding of how societies work, the factors that bring them together and set them apart, and the events that have shaped their development. It helps to explain how different political and legal systems came into being and how economic and geographic conditions have driven the growth of nations.

Students in history choose from a wide variety of courses in Canadian, American, European, and world history. We also offer courses in social, economic, political, diplomatic and military history, women's history, native history, family history, history of medicine, history of technology and environment, as well as historiography and methodology.

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Congratulations to Pierre Anctil who won the 2014 Canada Prize for best French language book in the Social Sciences from the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences for: "Jacob-Isaac Segal (1896-1954); un poète yiddish de Montréal et son milieu", Québec, Presses de l'Université Laval, 2012

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