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History Co-op Information for Employers

Adding Value to Your Team

Students in the History program have numerous areas of study covering the globe, from ancient to contemporary history, and can choose from an assortment of thematic courses, including food and health, politics and revolution, environmental change, crime and justice, gender and sexuality, popular culture, and rural history. This wide range of interests and skills can be applied in many workplaces from government and non-governmental organizations, non-profit and community-based organizations, and the private sector.

University of Guelph Advantage

Guelph’s History program offers broad training, adaptable skills, and clear judgment. Students are flexible, intelligent, polished communicators, researchers and problem solvers who follow their passions in business, law, education, civil service, journalism, and the arts. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of Guelph’s History program, students develop an extensive range of skills including data gathering, facilitation and presentation, research design and strong assessment, collaboration, and adaptability skills.

Our co-op process responds to your needs. Employers can post, hire, and interview throughout the semester and our students are available for 4-month work terms. The Experience Guelph hiring tool makes hiring Guelph co-op students easy!

Student Strengths

 Critical Thinking

Excellent analytical skills developed through completing extensive research projects.  Apply historical knowledge and perspectives in a professional contemporary setting.

 Deep Understanding

Understand the diversity of historical perspectives and appreciate how political and cultural environments shape historical interpretation.


Strong leadership, teamwork, accountability, personal organization, and project and time management skills.


Intercultural communication skills that are effective and appropriate for engaging with diverse audiences.

History Work Term Schedule








History Course Sequencing

Based on the 2023/24 undergraduate calendar. Please see the current undergraduate calendar for more information.

Fall or Winter Semester

  • Invitation to History
  • 8 electives
  • One of:
    • Early Modern Europe
    • The Modern World
    • Science and Technology in a Global Context


  • Introduction to Co-operative Education

Fall or Winter

  • The Practicing Historian
  • Histories of Canada to 1867 or Histories of Canada Since 1867
  • 8 electives


Work Term One


  • 3 History electives
  • 2 electives


Work Term Two


  • 3 History electives
  • 2 electives


Work Term Three


  • Two 4000-level History courses
  • 3 electives


Work Term Four


  • Two 4000-level History courses
  • 3 electives



Restricted Electives

History electives must be chosen to ensure 0.50 credits are completed in each of the following lists:

Premodern History

  • Early Modern Europe
  • The British Isles, 1066-1603
  • Celtic Ireland and Britain in the Early Middle Ages
  • The Middle Ages
  • Ancient Greece and Rome
  • Early Islamic World
  • Witch-hunts and Popular Culture
  • Spain and Portugal, 1805 to 1668
  • The Vikings: Early Medieval Encounters
  • Ancient and Medieval India
  • The Reformation
  • Early Modern France
  • Ottoman Empire, 1300-1923
  • Sexuality in the Middle Ages
  • Premodern History

Global History

  • The Modern World
  • Slavery and Migrations in the Atlantic World, 1500-1850
  • Early Islamic World
  • Modern Asia
  • Republican Latin America
  • Women and Cultural Change
  • Modern India
  • History and Culture of Mexico
  • Modern China
  • History and Culture of Brazil
  • British Imperialism in Asia and Africa
  • Religion in African History
  • Natural Disasters in Global History
  • Women's History in Asia
  • Ancient and Medieval India
  • Modern Middle East
  • Ottoman Empire, 1300-1923
  • Africa and the Slave Trades
  • Topics in Global History
  • Topics in Modern Asia
  • Representations, Conflict and Politics in the Middle East