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Welcome to History

History is the study of the thoughts, actions and achievements of human beings over time. It communicates a profound and practical understanding of how our world came into being by teaching students how to study events in historically-aware ways. History provides a methodology for research and critical thinking which is essential in most professions and walks of life. It acquaints students with important concepts, events and people, and builds their cultural literacy. History promotes a depth of understanding of ourselves and others by heightening critical thinking, deepening global understanding, and enhancing aesthetic and moral awareness. The skills History provides are invaluable in such varied professions as the law, education, journalism and public and international service.

The History Department at Laurier is one of the most comprehensive and dynamic in Canada. The size and diversity of our program allows us to offer students an extensive education in History without imposing on them a package of required courses. It offers 23 full-time faculty with research and teaching expertise across the globe. We have particular geographic strengths in African, Middle-Eastern, Canadian, and American, European and East Asian history along with thematic strengths in military, business, cultural, social, gender and political history.

The Department places singular emphasis on smaller class experiences where students get to know their instructors. We believe that this is the basis of a quality education and we think that it helps explain the excellence and high achievements of our students. The Department also promotes interactive and engaged learning by offering a public history practicum and travel course opportunities. History at Laurier is about more than just interesting topics, dynamic teaching and skills acquisition; it is about an approach to learning geared to producing the impressive citizens who will make Canada’s future.

Interested in hearing what our alumni have to say about Laurier's History program? Click here for undergraduate student alumni or here for testimonials by alumni of our graduate program


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Chair, History Dept
Dr. David Monod
DAWB 4-135A
519-884-0710 ext.3261
dmonod@wlu.ca

Undergraduate Officer
Dr. Darryl Dee
DAWB 4-142
519-884-0710 ext.3699
ddee@wlu.ca

Graduate Officer
Dr. Adam Crerar
DAWB 4-149
519-884-0710 ext.3292
acrerar@wlu.ca 

Senior Administrative Assistant
Ms. Cindi Wieg
DAWB 4-135
519-884-0710 ext.3389
cwieg@wlu.ca

Administrative Assistant
Ms. Colleen Ginn
DAWB 4-135
519-884-0710  ext 3081
cginn@wlu.ca

People at Laurier

John Laband, Department of History JOHN LABAND teaches courses in the history of Africa and in War and Society Studies. His monographs include The Rise and Fall of the Zulu Nation, The Atlas of the Later Zulu Wars 1883-1888, The Transvaal Rebellion: The First Boer War 1880-1881 and Historical Dictionary of the Zulu Wars. His latest book, Bringers of War: The Portuguese in Africa during the Age of Gunpowder and Sail, has just been published.

John Laband
Professor,
Department of History