Welcome to History at Trent
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History Graduate Director
Our Mission Statement
To advance the study and understanding of the past in all its diversity through small-group learning, effective teacher-student interaction, excellence in research and creative links to other academic programs and public institutions.
Why study History?
History is a way to discover yourself and the world, a way to learn to see beyond stereotypes and simple answers, to discern the difference between assumption and fact. It helps us put our experience in a larger context, to understand the values, attitudes, and motives of other people, and to recognize the multiple and complex links between people and events, both in the present and the past. One of the many benefits of studying history, in this respect, is that it helps us to develop a sense of shared humanity.
History courses can be both worthwhile and enjoyable for students interested in a wide range of academic disciplines. War and revolution, women’s history, Aboriginal history, ethnicity, work, culture (both popular and elite), business, and applied history are only some of the themes that historians at Trent discuss in their classes. Our courses range across Canada, North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia.
The History Department at Trent University remains committed to small group learning and close faculty-student interaction.
Our courses emphasize the development of diverse research and communications skills. They teach students to locate, analyze and interpret different kinds of sources, and they promote the ability to organize and communicate results through writing, discussion, and presentations. Employers, community leaders, and graduates have identified history courses as dynamic grounding for careers in management, journalism, law, government, community work, and many other areas.
Awards and Accolades:
Dr. Finis Dunaway
takes home international awards for recent book
Canada Council for the Arts
award for Trent Oshawa History
Professor Dimitry Anastakis awarded the Hagley Prize for book examining automotive industry’s public policy and business enterprise
Click here for more information on the degree programs offered through the History Department.
Click here for more information about courses being offered this year.
All students interested in taking History as a major or joint-major are required to take one of our introductory (1000 level) courses.
All majors, joint-majors and minors must take at least one half course (.5 credit) in each of three general areas listed in the categories (columns) below.
Category A focuses on the pre-modern period, Category B on the Americas and Category C on Europe and the World. Some courses appear in two columns and satisfy two requirements.
Important! Please note that the History Department converted to the new 4-digit course numbering system for the 2009-10 academic year. The old course numbers are shown below in parentheses. We have made every effort to list all exclusions, however, if in doubt please contact the History Department directly.
Outside North America
2470Y up to 2011
2471H up to 2009
* no longer offered
It is possible to complete a History degree at Trent University at the general and honours level on a part-time basis. In order to accommodate students with work schedules, the Department regularly offers some 4000-level courses in the early evening and, occasionally, there are 4000-level courses in the summer. Students are also encouraged to consult the Oshawa offerings to get a full list of available courses. The Department cannot guarantee that courses will be available at times convenient to those working full-time.
For details of the requirements for the honours degree, please see appropriate sections of the 2015-2016 Calendar. Admission to courses at the 4000-level requires the completion of all requirements for a general major B.A. in History.
History Graduate Student
wins prestigious teaching award
Congratulations to Ashley Neale
2013-14 recipient of the
"Excellence in Teaching Assistance Award"
Ashley completed her undergraduate degree at Trent, a B.A. in History, with a minor in English
literature, in 2012. She then went on to complete a B.Ed at Queens University in
the intermediate/senior divisions in 2013 and became certified with the Ontario
College of Teachers.
Ashley is interested in twentieth century history, with a
parituclar emphasis on the American presidency and the Cold War. Her thesis work
is centered around the domestic creation of foreign policy under President
Richard Nixon, with an emphasis on how Nixon as an individual shaped his
administration and foreign policy establishment.
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