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Why History at Laurier?

The History Department at Laurier is one of the most comprehensive and dynamic in Canada. We have 22 full-time faculty, with research and teaching expertise stretching across the globe, and as a result we are able to offer a huge selection of courses at every level of the program. At Laurier you will learn from internationally-recognized experts, and will always be connected with the latest research. History is always being made at Laurier!

Our program is also very flexible. You can study for a single Honours BA, or combine History with another major in a Combined Honours BA such Medieval Studies, as well as options including Applied Digital Studies and Laurier’s Management Option.  We have no specific required courses, not even in first year. Instead our courses are divided into four main tracks or themes that are designed to help you organize your academic interests. They are: (1) social issues and globalization; (2) peace and war; (3) politics, power and law; and (4) culture, arts and society.

In the Department of History we place great emphasis on smaller class experiences where you can really get to know your 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 graduates.

The Department also promotes interactive and engaged learning by offering a public history practicum and travel course opportunities to various places including the Caribbean, Asia and Europe. And if you are a better-than-average student with your sights set on a post-graduate program like law or teachers’ college, or an MA or PhD in History, then you can sign up for our prestigious Research Specialization Option and join a community of scholars!  

The Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies fosters research, education, and discussion of historical and contemporary conflict. Volunteer on one of the many archival projects that run out of the Centre, or attend one of the many lectures the Centre sponsors.

Studying History at Laurier will make you a well-rounded, globally-engaged, critical thinker. Your degree will lay the foundation for a whole range of exciting careers in the law, education, journalism, politics, and public and international service. We are proud of the work we do here, and we know you will be too. Welcome to History!

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Department Chair
Dr. Darren Mulloy 
DAWB 4-135A
519-884-0710 ext.3593

Undergraduate Officer
Dr. Jeff Grischow 
DAWB 4-155 
519-884-0710 ext.3347

Graduate Officer
Dr. Susan Neylan
DAWB 4-150
519-884-0710 ext.3595 

Administrative Asst.
Heather Vogel
DAWB 4-135
519-884-0710 ext.3389

People at Laurier

Allan Downey, Department of History Allan Downey was born and raised in Waterloo, Ontario, and is a member of the Dakelh (Carrier) Nak’azdli First Nation in Fort St. James, British Columbia. Playing lacrosse since he was ten years old Allan took his passion for the sport and turned it into a PhD project. His dissertation “The Creator’s Game” focused on the history of lacrosse in Aboriginal communities from 1867-1990 to better understand Native-Newcomer relations and Aboriginal identity formation. Dr. Downey is now an Assistant professor at McGill University.

Allan Downey
PhD 2013,
Department of History