Undergraduate Programs in History | College of Arts

Undergraduate Programs in History

Welcome to the History program at the University of Guelph! 

We offer a wide array of classes for our majors and minors and for anyone else with an interest in history. Students in our History program become informed and engaged global citizens through courses exploring every region of the world. We also offer thematic courses on the global history of sports, religions, and science and technology, to name a few. Our faculty have particular strengths in the histories of Canada, Scotland, Britain and Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America. 

We offer:

  • Options for study covering the globe, from ancient to contemporary history;
  • Thematic courses on topical issues like food and health, politics and revolution, environmental change, crime and justice, popular culture, and more;
  • Numerous experiential learning opportunities including some in the University's Archives and Special Collections and the Art Gallery of Guelph;
  • The possibility of a university field school or semester abroad;
  • Mentorship by dedicated and approachable professors who love what they do.

History students at Guelph earn one of the most versatile degrees available.

More and more, professions and professional schools look for young people with broad training, adaptable skills and clear judgment, rather than a narrow field of training. Our graduates are flexible, intelligent, polished communicators, researchers and problem solvers who follow their passions in business, law, education, civil service, education, journalism and the arts. And they make us very proud! Visit our Alumni page in Links.

From Joe Cull, one of our Honours History students:
      "Many people have asked me during my undergrad 'what do you do with a History degree?'
      I always reply 'essentially anything.' 
      I am currently working as an Archaeologist at an engineering company carrying out Cultural Resource Management (CRM) surveys. This job has allowed me to travel across Ontario’s rural landscape and see some of the most beautiful places that have been lost to history. The sites that I work on can range in time from first contact to the colonial era or, in some cases prehistoric, archaic, and paleolithic. Some of which I will never forget!
      Take initiative; the future is incredibly bright for students with a History Degree."

History's Meeting for Majors takes place in early September - the most recent slide deck

For more information about undergraduate degrees, contact our Undergraduate Program Advisors:

Dr. William Cormack (HIST)
1012 Mackinnon Extension
(519) 824-4120 ex. 53205

Dr. Karen Racine (HIST)
2001 MacKinnon Extension
(519) 824-4120 ext. 52203

Dr. Peter Goddard (HIST - Co-op)
1014 Mackinnon Extension
(519) 824-4120 ex. 54460

Dr. Susan Nance (HIST - Co-op)
2008 MacKinnon Extension
(519) 824-4120 ext. 56327