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Queen's University

Department of History

  • From the Chair

From the Chair

Carson.JPGI 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 perennial question haunts us all but shouldn't shape how we think about ourselves as historians. Leave that to the books we read, the discussions we have, the archives we research, and the histories we write. But let there be no mistake about it; in this era of crumbling markets and sinking nations those who follow the chosen path will have to stand up and be counted for their choice.

And in the History Department at Queen's University you will be rewarded for that choice. Our seminar-based undergraduate program offers something very few modern universities offer any more in this age of on-line tutorials and large lecture clickers—small classes where students and instructors discuss what they have read, what they think, and what they believe. We provide excellent training for MA and PhD students by offering a mix of seminars coupled with wide-ranging opportunities for gaining university-level teaching experience and professional development. At the same time, our focus on education at a human scale preserves that elusive sense of community that is so essential to any meaningful academic pursuit.

For more information on the size and scope of our undergraduate and graduate programs, 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 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. Indeed, it will not take long for you, whether a minor, medial, major, MA, or PhD to throw those doubters back on their heels with the simple reply---"what can't I do with a degree in History?"

Jamey Carson
Department of History

Kingston, Ontario, Canada. K7L 3N6. 613.533.2000