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Faculty List

  • D.E. Bender, M.A., Ph.D. (New York), Canada Research Chair, Professor
  • C. Berkowitz,  Ph.D. (Toronto), Associate Professor, Teaching Stream
  • K. Blouin, M.A., Ph.D. (Laval and Nice), Associate Professor
  • L. Chen, M.A. (SUNY Buffalo), J.D. (Illinois), M.A., M.Ph., Ph.D. (Columbia), Associate Professor
  • E.W. Dowler, M.A. (Harvard), Ph.D. (London School of Economics), Professor Emeritus
  • M. Eksteins, B.Phil., D.Phil. (Oxon.), Professor Emeritus
  • D.Gabaccia, M.A., Ph.D. (Michigan), Professor Emerita
  • M. Gervers, A.B. (Princeton), M.A. (Poitiers), Ph.D. (Toronto), Professor
  • A. Grewal, M.A., Ph.D. (Chicago), Assistant Professor
  • R. Halpern, M.A. (Wisconsin), Ph.D. (Pennsylvania), Professor
  • P. Hastings, M.A.(Carlton), Ph.D. (Duke), Assistant Professor
  • F. Iacovetta, M.A., Ph.D. (York), Professor
  • R.A. Kazal, M.A., Ph.D. (Pennsylvania), Associate Professor
  • J.S. Moir, M.A., Ph.D. (Toronto), D.D. (Presb. College, Montreal), Professor Emeritus
  • W. Nelson, M.A., Ph.D. (UCLA), Assistant Professor
  • J.Pilcher, M.A. (New Mexico), Ph.D. (Texas Christian), Professor
  • B. Raman, M.A., Ph.D. (Michigan), Associate Professor
  • I.R. Robertson, M.A. (McGill), Ph.D. (Toronto), Professor Emeritus
  • S.J. Rockel, M.A., Ph.D. (Toronto), Associate Professor
  • E.N. Rothman, M.A. (Tel Aviv), Ph.D. (Michigan), Associate Professor
  • J. Sharma, M.A. (Delhi), M.Phil. (Delhi), Ph.D. (Cambridge), Associate Professor

 

Undergraduate Advisor:  416-287-7184  Email: history-undergrad-advisor@utsc.utoronto.ca

The study of History is vital for our understanding of the present. It offers multiple ways of explaining how the contemporary world emerged, and how past societies differed from our own. The History Program at UTSC provides a dynamic introduction to the global transformations that have taken place over the past two millennia, while also focusing on the experiences and contributions of ordinary people to these transformations. Our curriculum spans the history of all parts of the world in their complex, transnational connections, and covers a broad range of topics, including religion and everyday life, colonialism, gender relations, the history of work, the environment, urbanization, immigration, race and ethnicity, and material culture. Findings in history depend upon the precise evaluation of specific evidence, be it texts, images, or objects, and the History Program emphasizes the critical reading, research, and writing skills which are necessary for the study of the past and for a wide range of professional activities beyond the university. Innovative and interdisciplinary, History courses play a part in a number of other programs, including Classics, Global Asia Studies, African Studies, Women and Gender Studies, and Food Studies, and can also complement and enhance courses in Politics, Philosophy, Literature, Arts, Economics, Sociology, Anthropology, and Geography.

The History curriculum encompasses a variety of approaches in order to build a range of knowledge and skills. A-level courses provide both a general introduction to the study of history at the university level and the preparation for further studies in transnational and global history. B-level surveys offer a comprehensive foundation of knowledge in their particular areas, including the histories of particular nation-states and regions of the world. In C-level courses, students investigate more specific places, periods, or problems through lectures and tutorials. D-level courses are conducted as seminars, where students make close and thorough studies of particular questions and present their findings in discussions, essays, and research papers. History courses at all levels cover a range of periods, from antiquity to the present, and explore a variety of world regions, from North America and Africa, through Europe and the Mediterranean, to South and East Asia. The History curriculum as a whole stresses training in writing, research, and historical methods; these skills are also the focal point of two specialized courses, HISB03H3 Critical Writing and Research for Historians and HISC01H3 History and Evidence. We likewise offer courses that build digital literacy and provide opportunities for public engagement and experiential learning.

Knowledge of other languages is essential to advanced study in history. If you plan to take history to an advanced level, we strongly encourage the early study of an appropriate language for your program or areas of interest. Specialists may enrol in the Language Stream, which is designed to foster such language training.

For updates and detailed information regarding History, please visit the Historical and Cultural Studies website.

Combined Degree Programs, Honours Bachelor of Arts/ Master of Teaching
The Combined Degree Programs for UTSC Honours Bachelor of Science (HBSc) /Honours Bachelor of Arts (HBA) with the Master of Teaching (MT) offered by the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education provide students with a direct pathway to the completion, in 6 years, of their Undergraduate degree, Ontario Teacher’s Certificate of Qualifications, and Master’s degree.​ These Combined Degree Programs allow students to complete 1.0 credit in courses that may be counted towards both degrees.

The Combined Degree Programs options are:

  • History (Specialist), Honours Bachelor of Arts/ Master of Teaching
  • History (Major), Honours Bachelor of Arts/ Master of Teaching

For more information, including Admission and Program requirements, see the Combined Degree Programs section of this Calendar.​

Guidelines for first-year course selection:
Students intending to complete a program in History should take two of the following courses in the first year: HISA04H3, HISA05H3, HISA06H3/GASA01H3, HISA07H3/CLAA04H3, HISA08H3/AFSA01H3.

Service Learning and Outreach
For an experiential learning opportunity that also serves others, consider the course CTLB03H3 (Introduction to Service Learning), which can be found in the "Teaching and Learning” section of the Calendar.