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]
Prize Winning Research
- The Paul R. MacPherson Teaching Fellowships at McMaster were established in 2011 as the result of a generous donation from Paul R. MacPherson. This program seeks to identify, through a competitive application process, faculty members who have demonstrated exemplary teaching practices and who show promise of becoming outstanding educators and of inspiring others.
Dr. Michael Egan has been awarded one of these fellowships for his project which involves integrating digital teaching and learning skills throughout his undergraduate curriculum on the history of public health. Congratulations Michael!
- Mike Commito, Ph.D. Candidate, is the recipient of the 2013 Riddell Award honouring the best article on Ontario's history published in 2013 for his work "A sparkling example of what aggressiveness, imagination, and skill can accomplish, The Rise of Dubreuil Brothers Limited, 1948-73" Ontario History (vol. CV No. 2) [More information about Mike Commito]
- Dr. Karen Balcom has been awarded the 2013/14 Donald Shepherd Humanities Book Prize for her book The Traffic in Babies: Cross Border Adoption and Baby-Seling Between the United States and Canada 1930-1972.
- Wilderness and Waterpower: How Banff National Park Became a Hydroelectric Storage Reservoir (University of Calgary Press) by Drs. Christopher Armstrong and H.V. Nelles has been shortlisted for the Canada Prize in the Social Sciences.
- The Institute on Globalization and the Human Condition has awarded one of this year's essay prizes to Adam Shoalts, Ph.D. Candidate, for his paper "The National Geographical Society and Globalization: A Multifaceted Story".
1EE3 The Historical Roots of Contemporary Issues, September 2014
See Dr. Egan's blog:
History for a Sustainable Future.
- If you would like to request a seat in a History Course please fill out a Request Form.
- If you require a seat in History 2HI3 or 3HI3 please email: email@example.com
- Class of 2014 Composites ready to be picked up in the Department of History Office, CNH/619.
- Faculty of Humanities Essay Prize Winners
Term 2, 2013/2014 [Details]
Level I 1st Prize: Johanna Sinclair
"Cortigiane: Circumventing the gender and class restrictions of late Renaissance Italy"
Level I 2nd Prize: Richard Freeman
"Pilgrimage and the Protestant Ideal"
Level II 2nd Prize: Samantha Misra
"'The "Unapologetic Eugenicist": Margaret Sanger, Changing Ideas and The Women Rebel' (History 3WW3)
Level III 2nd Prize: Claire Kilroy
"'Ladies, that means Sisters': locating nursing Sister Sophie Hoerner's Experience of World War I within the gendered discourse surrounding the service of the Canadian Nursing Sisters"
Level IV 2nd Prize: Olivia Dorio
"The Changing Stories of Betty Friedan: Portrayals of Women's Activism in 1950s Queens, New York"
Term 1, 2013/2014 [Details]
Level II 1st Prize: Samhita Misra
"I am still Author, Authorith: The Stories of the Rape of Slave Women" (History 2HI3)
Level IV 2nd Prize: Adriana Cappelletti
"Aime Cesaire: French Ties and Martinican Impact" (History 3RC3)
- Course Outlines
- Course Evaluations
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- Level IV History Seminars for 2014-2015 are now available. Please return them to the Department of History, CNH/619 as soon as possible.
2014-2015 Seminar Ballot
2014-2015 List of Seminars
2014-2015 Form Fillable Seminar Ballot
(Please be sure you attach your degree audit with your seminar ballot. No forms will be accepted by email. The only excpetions that will be made are for P/T students and exchange students.)
- 3HP3 History Practicum