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  • Courses that Explain Our Current Crises

    History offers many courses that provide context and help explain the current global moment. In 2020-2021 our courses offer insight into protest movements regarding anti-black and anti-indigenous racism, the rise of populism, climate change and responses to pandemics.

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  • The McMaster History Department and Racial Justice

    Like others around the globe, we watch with outrage, sadness, and concern the events that have been unfolding in the United States over the past week. We see peaceful protesters attacked for calling out governments and police for their racist actions. George Floyd’s death is the latest in a long history of state-supported and individual racist violence meted out against African American men and women.

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  • Winnifrede Kennedy Scholarships

    The History Department is pleased to announce the new Winnifrede Kennedy Scholarships

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  • My OWN McMaster

    Online. Weekends. Nights.

    The History Department has partnered with the McMaster Centre for Continuing Studies to offer a pathway to combine professional courses and diploma with a three year degree.

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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 suit 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.

On this website you will find descriptions of our current and previous courses at all levels, information about the research projects of our faculty, rules for program students, and news about public lectures and events in the department.  If you are interested in experiential learning, check out our new History Practicum course. If you are considering pursuing graduate work in our department, look for our list of dissertation topics in progress.  And if you do not find what you are seeking, please do not hesitate to contact me or the department staff.  We look forward to sharing our passion for the past with you.




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