James G. Snell (346 MacKinnon, Ext. 6389)
Richard Reid (328 MacKinnon, Ext. 3202)
Barbara Merritt (345 MacKinnon, Ext. 6528)
Donna T. Andrew
Associated Graduate Faculty
BA CCNY, MSc London, PhD Toronto - Professor
Keith M. Cassidy
BA Loyola College, MA, PhD Toronto - Associate Professor
Terry A. Crowley
BA Bishop's, MA Carleton, AM, PhD Duke - Professor
Elizabeth L. Ewan
BA Queen's, PhD Edinburgh - Associate Professor
David R. Farrell
BA, MA Wisconsin, PhD Western Ontario - Associate Professor
Peter A. Goddard
BA, UBC, DPhil Oxford - Associate Professor
Kevin J. James
BA, MA McGill, PhD Edinburgh - Assistant Professor
BA British Columbia, PhD London - Assistant Professor
Linda L. Mahood
BA Saskatchewan, M Litt, PhD Glasgow - Associate Professor
P. Douglas McCalla
BA Queen's, MA Toronto, DPhil Oxford - Professor
Clarence J. Munford
BA, MA Western Reserve, DPhil Leipzig - Professor
David R. Murray
BA Bishop's, MA Edinburgh, PhD Cambridge - Professor
BA British Columbia, MA, PhD Toronto - Professor and Dean of the College of Arts
Richard M. Reid
BA Carleton, MA, PhD Toronto - Associate Professor
BA McGill, PhD Pennsylvania - Professor and President
James G. Snell
BA McGill, MA Western Ontario, PhD Queen's - Professor
Catharine A. Wilson
BA Guelph, MA, PhD Queen's - Associate Professor
From the Department of Economics:
Kris E. Inwood
BA Trent, MA, PhD Toronto - Associate Professor
From the Department of Fine Art:
W. Chandler Kirwin
BA Princeton, MA, PhD Stanford - Associate Professor
From the Department of Languages and Literatures:
Victor J. Matthews BA, Dip Ed Queen's (Belfast), MA McMaster, PhD Queen's (Belfast) - Associate Professor
BA, MA National Univ. of Ireland, PhD Cornell - Associate Professor
From the Department of Sociology and Anthropology:
Frans J. Schryer
BA Toronto, MA, PhD McGill - Professor
Lewis W. Abbott BA Bishop's
MA, BCL McGill, PhD London - Retired
Gunnar C. Boehnert
CD, BA MA Western Ontario, MA Toronto, MPhil Waterloo, PhD London - Professor Emeritus
J. Terry Copp
BA Sir George Williams, MA McGill - Dept. of History, Wilfrid Laurier University
Edward J. Cowan
MA Edinburgh - Professor of Scottish History and Literature, University of Glasgow
Thomas M. Devine
BA, PhD Strathclyde - University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, Scotland
MA Aberdeen, PhD London - Sir William Fraser Professor of Scottish History and Paleography, University of Edinburgh
Head of Department, Department of History, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, Scotland
MA, PhD Edinburgh - Department of Scottish History, St. Andrews University, Scotland
BA Calgary, BD Otago, ThM Toronto, PhD Guelph, BEd Queens Eric G. Reiche BA Western Ontario, PhD Delaware - Professor Emeritus
Mary E. Rogers
BA, MA Pennsylvania - Professor Emeritus
Gilbert A. Stelter
BA Moravian, BD, PhD Alberta - University Professor Emeritus
Ronald M. Sunter
MA, PhD Edinburgh - Professor Emeritus
The Department of History offers a program of study leading to the MA
degree, and is a member of the Tri-University PhD Program in History. The
department participates in the Interdepartmental Group on Scottish
Studies, and in the work of the Centre for International Programs. As
well, the department has formed, with the History Department of the
University of Waterloo, a Consortium for Reformation Studies.
Students are encouraged to begin their studies in the fall or winter
semesters. All applications with requests for financial support must be
received by the department in completed form by February 15 for September
admission and October 15 for January admission.
The MA (by thesis) program provides for emphasis on mediaeval and modern
British history; Scottish studies; Canadian history; the United States
from the colonial period to the 20th century; early modern European
history; selected aspects of late 19th- and 20th-century European history;
gender, family, and women's history in Europe, Britain, and North America;
the social and military impact of war; and race and slavery in the United
States and the Caribbean.
An applicant must have a recognized honours degree in history, or its equivalent, with at least a high second class or upper 'B' average.
Applicants are required to include with their application a separate
statement describing their proposed area of study and, where possible, the
suggested thesis topic.
Students obtain the MA degree by satisfactorily completing four courses
(at least 2.0 credits) and submitting a satisfactory thesis on an approved
topic. The four courses will include HIST*6000 and HIST*6020 or, if equivalent
courses have been completed elsewhere, alternative courses approved by the
student's advisory committee.
Alternatively, the student may qualify for the MA degree by completing
six courses and a major research paper of 10,000 to 12,000 words. These
must constitute a total of at least 4.0 credits. The six courses will
include HIST*6000 and HIST*6020. The remaining four courses are subject to the
approval of the Department of History.
All regular graduate students are required to take HIST*6000 and HIST*6020
unless they have completed equivalent courses elsewhere. They will also be
required to demonstrate a knowledge of written French or other language
approved by the department. MA students generally register for up to three
courses per semester, or two if they hold a graduate teaching
Graduate students are encouraged to consider including, as part of
their program, appropriate graduate course offerings from other
The History Departments at the University of Guelph, the University of
Waterloo, and Wilfrid Laurier University have established a Tri-University
PhD Program in History. For further information about this program please
see the separate listing in this calendar. Inquiries should be directed
to: Prof. Joyce Lorimer, Director of the Tri-University Doctoral Program
in History, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, N2L
Scottish Studies Interdepartmental Group
The Department of History participates in the activities of the
Scottish Studies Interdepartmental Group. Those faculty members whose
research and teaching expertise includes aspects of Scottish studies may
serve as advisers and examiners of MA students specializing in Scottish
studies areas and who are registered in the Department of History.
Please consult the Scottish Studies listing for a detailed description
of the Scottish Studies Interdepartmental Group. Inquiries should be
directed to: Prof. Ron Sunter, Chair of Scottish Studies, Department of
History, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, N1G 2W1 (MCKN 327, Ext.
| Course/(Credit Value)
|(Please note: For the courses offered in a particular year, see the listing published by the Office of Registrarial Services.)
||An exploration of the major historiographical themes and some major
historians, and an assessment of research work in subdisciplines such as
labour, political, social and urban history.
Topics in Canadian History(0.5)
||A course that examines the current historiography of selected aspects of
Topics in North American History(0.5)
||Depending on the expertise of the instructor, this course may concentrate
on either the United States or Canada, or it may select an historical
theme or themes common to the larger continent.
Topics in Scottish History (0.5)
||This course will introduce students to selected aspects of Scottish history and historiography, including the use of source materials, and provide practical training involving manuscripts in the university archives.
Topics in Tudor-Stuart History(0.5)
||An examination of the problems and crises pertaining to the social,
religious, and economic life of England from 1529 to 1689.
Topics in British History Since 1688(0.5)
||Although topics vary with the expertise of individual instructors, this
course encompasses the British Isles.
||This course will introduce students to some of the essential components of the historical process as exemplified by the literature produced prior to 1914. It will also assess history as a cognitive discipline in contemporary society. While the scope of the course will extend from ancient times to the eve of World War I, emphasis will be placed on 19th-century historiography.
||An examination of major examples of recent historical methodology, including works in cultural and social history. The student is also expected to develop and present a thesis proposal.
Special Reading Course (0.5)
||Students selecting this course should speak to individual instructors to arrive at appropriate topics.||
The Reformation in the 16th Century(0.5)
||This course concentrates on the Continental Reformation. While some
attention is paid to theology, the primary focus is on the political,
social and intellectual ramifications of the Reformation.
European History in the 19th and 20th Centuries (0.5)
||This seminar course will focus on selected aspects in the political and
social history of Europe between 1815 and 1945. Topics to be examined will
vary according to the expertise of faculty and the interest of students.
The Enlightenment (0.5)
||This seminar course will focus on the Enlightenment as an international phenomenon. Students will develop their abilities to do close textual analysis through the examination of major works by writers of this period in France, Britain, Germany and North America. Students will learn to research particular topics within the international framework provided by a knowledge of these authors' writings.
History of the Family (0.5)
||This course will cover a broad range of historical developments within the family, all concentrating on the interaction between the family (or
elements within it) and outside authority (both formal and informal).
History and Popular Culture (0.5)
||This course will attempt to elucidate `People's History' or `Total History' by studying popular culture throughout history. It will encourage students to test established methodologies and to design new ones through investigation of the culture of the subordinate classes and the relationship between popular culture and that of the educated elite.
Historical Conceptions of the City(0.5)
||This course traces the changing idea of the city since the Renaissance. It will examine a number of conceptions of the ideal city in the larger context of proposals for social change.
||This is to be a major piece of research, based on the extensive use of
primary sources. An oral examination of this work is required.
The Office of Graduate Studies has attempted to ensure the accuracy of this
on-line Graduate Calendar. However, the publication of information in this document does not
bind the university to the provision of courses, programs, schedules of studies, fees, or facilities as
listed herein. Other limitations apply.