Make History With Us!
The study of history allows us to recognize and understand the complex issues that shaped the contemporary world. We offers courses in African, American, Asian, Canadian, Caribbean, European, Latin American and South Asian history. Some courses trace the history of social, political and cultural change of a region or period. Others are thematic and may examine women’s history, the histories of science, sexuality, food and drink, or slavery. In the Public History concentration, Honours students explore how history appears in our everyday lives, not just in museums and monuments, but also in movies, reality television, video games, music and the stories families and communities pass from one generation to the next. Our graduates have gone on to careers in museums, heritage conservation, the public service, media and the arts, education, and business.
In first year, history students may choose a small seminar class or a larger lecture course with a tutorial group. Both formats foster debate and discussion. All history courses encourage student research which may draw on the rich array of libraries and archives in the national capital, including Carleton’s own valuable collections and resources. Students can take a practicum in the third year to take their learning out into the world.
Carleton’s History program has helped me to become a dynamic student and to gain a variety of experiences that add to my career, academic and personal development. This includes a co-op work term with the Department of National Defence, as well as a research assistantship investigating the histories of food and identity in diasporic communities. I’ve gained an abundance of transferable skills, including effective communication, critical reasoning and problem-solving.
Aaliyah Strachan, History and African Studies student
Carleton is committed to studying the past in innovative ways. In your courses, you might record a podcast, create a documentary film, digitize a medieval manuscript, design an interactive online map, interview a veteran, write a briefing note, immerse yourself in a soldier’s diary or intern at a museum. Or perhaps you will come up with your own way of telling the story of the past! Explore the amazing research of past students in the department at our new Graduate Degree Research Showcase!
To get a sense of what we’re like, the kind of work we do, and the places our alumni have gone, subscribe to or read some of the back issues of the Department of History’s newsletter The View From The 4th Floor Paterson:
Edition 11: Winter is Done, Welcome to Summer!; Edition 10: Fields of Sunflowers; Edition 9: Graduate Degree Research Showcase; Edition 8: 2021 is Done; Edition 7: Closing Time; Edition 6: Issue 6; Edition 5: The Shortest Month; Edition 4: Fresh Snow; Edition 3: On Nothing; Edition 2: Change; Edition 1: Getting Underway
History of Sports Course has a new Course Number
Our popular course, History of Sports, with Professor Matthew Bellamy is now available under a course number: HIST 1901. Please note that students who have already completed a previous version of this course (under course number HIST...
Our popular course, History of Sports, with Professor Matthew Bellamy is now available under a course number: HIST 1901. Please note that students who have already completed a previous version of this course (under course number HIST 1900: History of Sports) should not take HIST 1901. Any questions regarding this should be directed to...
Tuesday, September 19, 2023
Shawn Graham and Damien Huffer’s Book on the Human Remains Trade is now Published
History Professor Shawn Graham and Adjunct Research Professor Damien Huffer have just published their new book These Were People Once: The Online...
History Professor Shawn Graham and Adjunct Research Professor Damien Huffer have just published their new book These Were People Once: The Online Trade in Human Remains and Why It Matters. REVIEWS “An easy read on a difficult subject, its beautiful encapsulations of the tragic lives behind their commodified remains highlight the urgency of the authors’...
Monday, September 18, 2023
Sean Eedy’s Book, Four Colour Communism, Reviewed by Sehepunkte
Dr. Sean Eedy, Carleton alumnus and contract instructor, just had his book Four Colour Communism reviewed in one of Germany's top history magazines. A short excerpt is below, with the full...
Dr. Sean Eedy, Carleton alumnus and contract instructor, just had his book Four Colour Communism reviewed in one of Germany's top history magazines. A short excerpt is below, with the full review available online. Over the past two decades, comics research has established itself in German studies and has become a generally recognized field...
Wednesday, September 6, 2023
RIchard Marchese Completes Undergraduate Research Assistantship
Richard Marchese is a 4th Year student in Honors Political Science with a Minor in History. Over the past summer, and after completing several courses in History, Richard completed an...
Richard Marchese is a 4th Year student in Honors Political Science with a Minor in History. Over the past summer, and after completing several courses in History, Richard completed an undergraduate research assistantship under the joint supervision of Chris Trainor, Head of Carleton's Archives and Special Collections (ASC) and cross-appointed to the...
Tuesday, September 5, 2023
Laura Madokoro to Speak this Saturday, Sept 9, on North American Perspectives on 1923
History Professor Laura Madokoro will be one of the panelists this Saturday, September 9, 2023, at a special online symposium looking back on a...
History Professor Laura Madokoro will be one of the panelists this Saturday, September 9, 2023, at a special online symposium looking back on a century of global racial exclusion. More details on this event can be found online. Registration is required for this event: https://1923symposium.eventbrite.com Date and time Sat, Sep 9, 2023 1:00...
Interpersonal Violence, Appeal to the Courts and Christian Ideals: Some Reflections on a European Anti-Judicial Tradition (XVI–XVII centuries)
“Refugees and the Right to Research: Shannon Launch Event” with Gerawork Teferra, Marcia Schenck, Kate Reed and Christina Clark-Kazak
Shannon Lecture #1: “Taking Refuge in the Canada-US Borderlands?” with Benjamin Hoy
7:00 PM — 8:30 PM
Shannon Lecture #2: “Promised Lands? Indigenous Refuge in Early Canada and Beyond” with Jean-François Lozier
7:00 PM — 9:30 PM
Shannon Lecture #3: “Sanctuary’s Unruly Subjects: Dissidents, Fugitives, and Exiles in Post-Civil Rights America” with Aimee Villarreal
7:00 PM — 8:30 PM