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

Looking back on the Great War with Charles Johnston '49

CTV Montreal: Special Report: Black market baby featuring Dr. Karen Balcom

Karen Balcom CTV Montreal

Spring Art in the Workplace

Mohawk College Art Collection exhibition at McMaster Innovation Park Exhibit runs until July 4th

Click above image for slide show.


Prize Winning Research

  • The J.J. Talman Award, honouring the best book on Ontario's social, economic, political or cultural history published in the past three years has been award to Dr. Stuart Henderson for Making the Scene: Yorkville and Hip Toronto in the 1960s, published by the University of Toronto Press.
  • Dr. Pamela Swett has received a SSHRC Insight Development Grant. Dr. Swett is one of 2 successful applicants in the Faculty of Humanities and one of 4 here at McMaster.
  • 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".
  • Dr. David Wright, former member of the McMaster History department was awarded the 2013 Dingle Prize in the History of Science by the British Society for the History of Science (BSHS) for Downs: The History of a Disability. [Award details]

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