The Department of History

The study of history plays a key role in a good liberal education because of the temporal and geographical breadth of our courses, the critical thinking skills we instil, our ability to both empathize with and critically evaluate peoples in the past, and our profound understanding of the ways the past shapes the present. 

History is a versatile degree and our graduates have gone on to a wide range of careers.  They are working as K-12 teachers in Canada, and ESL teachers around the world.  They’ve gone to law school, grad schools around the world, and many have become History professors themselves.  They are working in a wide range of public and private sector careers such as museums, marketing, university administration, libraries, occupational health and safety, supply chain management, and public relations.  They’ve even become small business owners, including Lethbridge’s own Theoretically Brewing Company and the Hung Sing Koon Kung Fu Studio.

We are passionate about the past and are deeply committed to our students and our community. As a small department, we take pride in getting to know our students and are dedicated to helping them succeed.

In addition to our regularly-offered courses, our students have the opportunity to complete Independent Studies, where they research a topic of their own choosing, and Applied Studies, where they get credit for relevant work experience. Even better than the opportunities, we create for our students are the ones our students create for themselves. The Historical Undergraduate Society is an extremely active and supportive student club.  Check out their Facebook page for more information. 

Our small graduate cohort and close working relationships with other departments mean we can tailor an MA program to suit your interests, and it’s easy to get involved with research centres like the Centre for Oral History and Tradition, the Institute for Child and Youth Studies, or the Galt Museum and other community groups. History isn’t just the study of past events; it’s the study of how our world came to be.

We acknowledge that we live and work in the traditional territory of the Siksikaitsitapii (Blackfoot people). We also acknowledge the role the discipline of History has played in the dispossession and genocide of Indigenous peoples, here and around the world.