Department of History

On behalf of our faculty and staff, welcome to the Department of History.

We offer a broad range of courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels to challenge your perception of the past and the present. Whether you are interested in the medieval or the modern world, national or global history, our diverse and flexible programs will suite you. Our courses are designed to foster key skill sets: how to ask probing questions and seek thoughtful answers, how to read critically, write effectively and speak persuasively. [ More]

McMaster History in the News

Dr. Karen Balcom helps students learn how to take action on difficult local and transnational issues.
Daily News, Jan. 8, 2015

Governor General to present Vanier Medal to Lynton "Red" Wilson in Ottawa's Rideau Hall on Wednesday, 17 December 2014 [Daily News]

Red Wilson invests $2.5 million in the study of Canadian history by renewing successful institute (view pictures from event)

The Department of History welcomes Dr. Ellen Amster, an historian of Middle East medicine who has been jointly appointed as the Hannah Chair in the History of Medicine. [Daily News]


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