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Choose History for your Undergraduate Degree

History students choose from a wide variety of exciting lecture and seminar courses, independent research opportunities, and experiential-based learning.

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Meet the History Department

The History administrative staff create a welcoming environment for current and future students. Come visit us on the 2nd floor of Watson Hall.

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Pursue an Independent Research Project in History

History's Independent Research Courses offer the opportunity to dive deeper into a research topic and produce an undergraduate thesis under the supervision of a Faculty member. 

Graduate Prospective Students

Come to Queen’s for a graduate degree in History

MA and PhD students enjoy interaction with award-winning faculty and join a warm and welcoming community of students.

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Explore Experiential Learning Opportunities

The History Department offers a wide variety of student placements through partnerships with organizations across Canada and around the globe. 


A History degree at Queen’s offers an outstanding education and the opportunity to study with renowned historians. We thrive on the curiosity of our students, which is fostered in our diverse array of courses, our signature small classes, and a growing suite of experiential learning and independent research opportunities. History students graduate with deep insights into the roots of the contemporary world and with the skills required to succeed in a wide range of careers.


Queen’s Department of History offers two graduate degree programs: a Master of Arts (MA) with options to write a research essay or a thesis, and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). Working closely with professors in small seminars, our graduate students join a thriving and intimate academic community and carry out research in a diverse array of well established and emerging fields of inquiry.


Alumni Story: Samantha Summers

Samantha Summers is the Manager of Individual Giving for the Toronto International Film Festival, where she manages the grassroots and intermediate giving portfolios. Prior to this she worked in a fundraising capacity for small museums and heritage sites, and in communications. She has a deep love for fundraising in the arts, and in July 2021 she defended her thesis, “Divestment in Times of Change: The Loss of Major Donors in Art Galleries,” at the University of Toronto.

Department of History, Queen's University

49 Bader Lane, Watson Hall 212
Kingston ON K7L 3N6




Queen's University is situated on traditional Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe territory.