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Queen's University

Department of History

  • Why Study History

Why Study History at Queen's?


I went through it. Maybe even Thucydides or Hegel went through it. And if any of you have mothers, fathers, aunts, and uncles, you'll go through it too. "What are you going to do with a degree in History?"

That question haunts all of us who chose to study history, and in the Department of History at Queen's University you will be rewarded for that choice. We offer small seminar classes for majors where students and instructors discuss what they have read, what they think, and what they believe. For minors and other students we offer a mix of on-line and live lecture courses in a variety of topics.

Today's employment marketplace seeks people who are critically informed, culturally literate, capable of synthesizing information and adept at creating and managing knowledge. Study history and you will acquire such skills.

For more information on the size and scope of our undergraduate program, just click on the respective tabs, and don't forget to check as well our faculty roster that outlines their respective specialties and accomplishments. And, by all means, get in touch with me or one of our faculty members. Ask questions. And consider a degree or a course in History for all it has to offer—well-developed skills in critical reading, writing, and research and, perhaps even more importantly, engagement with oneself and the world we all inhabit.

Any number of friends, family, and relatives might well be of the opinion that a degree in History would be of no benefit to you in your future career. But nothing could be farther from the truth. The world will be looking for people like you.

James Carson
Department of History


Kingston, Ontario, Canada. K7L 3N6. 613.533.2000