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Welcome Future Students

Considering a degree at Trent University? You’ve made a great choice. Trent University is a wonderful place to pursue your academic journey.

A Hub of Learning and Innovation

Building on a tradition of academic excellence spanning nearly four decades, Trent Durham offers a dynamic and rigorous education experience grounded in the social sciences and humanities and unparalleled in the Durham Region and eastern GTA.

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History (B.A.)

In an era of truthiness and fake news, the study of history and its impact on contemporary culture is more important than ever.  As a Trent Durham student, you will have the opportunity to engage with some of Canada’s most celebrated historians.  You will explore the lived experience of the people of the past - from the famous and the infamous, to the anonymous and the unsung.  You will study technological, political and social change - without temporal or geographical limits.  You will develop the research, writing and communication skills that are indispensable to elite careers in our ever-changing information economy.

For more information about the History program, please contact:
Durham Campus Enrolment Advisor, Tawny Weese
tweese@trentu.ca 905-435-5102 ext 5003
Durham Campus Rm 101.2

Studying History at TrentU Durham?
Your typical first year will look like this:

1.0 History credit at the 1000 level - Choose from the following:
HIST 1000Y - Canada and/or
HIST 1201H - Western Civilization from the Middles Ages to 1789 and HIST 1202H - Western Civilization from 1789 to the present and/or
HIST 1701H - World History to 1800 and HIST 1702H - World History from 1800 to the Present
4.0 Elective credits

Interested in pursuing a joint-major with History? You would be required to take the neccessary introductory courses during your first year of study as well.

First Year History Course Descriptions

HIST 1000Y: Canada
Introductory survey of the history of Canada. The course examines issues in Canada's social, cultural, political, intellectual, regional, and economic history.

HIST 1201H: Western Civilization from the Middle Ages to 1789
Subjects covered include the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the Protestant Reformation, and the Enlightenment, among others. 

HIST 1202H: Western Civilization from 1789 to the Present
Subjects covered include the French Revolution, the Industrial Revolution, the nineteenth-century women's movement, the Russian Revolution, the world wars, Nazism, the Holocaust, and the Cold War, among others.

HIST 1701H: World History to 1800
Examines themes in world history before 1800, paying special attention to Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East.

HIST 1702H: World History from 1800 to the Present
Examines themes in world history since 1800, paying special attention to Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. Explores the creation of the global division between rich and poor nations.

Career Paths:

Lawyer / Teacher / Journalist / Activist / Documentary filmmaker / Broadcaster / Writer / Media designer/ Researcher / Editor / Publisher / Policy analyst / Librarian / Archivist

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