Understanding the past — where we come from and how we got here — lies at the core of what it means to be informed, engaged citizens of our nations of origin and the world.

The History Department offers an exciting array of courses that will introduce you to broad knowledge of time periods and regions (North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East) and more specialized areas of study, such as the history of science, Indigenous history, women’s and gender history, digital history, and the history of war.

As a History student, you will learn how people in the past lived and worked, how they formed families and created governments, how they established — and resisted — cultural and social norms and traditions, and much more.

Studying History at Brock imparts skills that are useful no matter what career path you choose, including the ability to recognize differing points of view, marshal evidence to support your own positions, conduct research, and articulate your ideas in writing and in conversation with your peers. It will also provide you with essential tools to make sense of the present.

Our lecture courses include small-group seminars that allow you to engage closely with readings, work with your classmates and get to know your instructors. Advanced History majors study specialized topics in depth in a close-knit seminar setting.

We host an active undergraduate history society, a journal that showcases student work and other activities designed to build a welcoming community of learning. We also offer experiential and co-op opportunities so you can put what you learn into practice.

  • BA in History
  • Minor in History

Expected cut-off: mid 70s; Co-op high 70s

Not an Ontario Secondary School applicant? Find your admissions criteria here.

Career outcomes

  • Education
  • Heritage and tourism
  • Government
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Publishing

Prerequisite requirements

  • English (ENG4U)

Recommended subjects

  • One from 4U history, 4U philosophy, 4U classical studies, or 4U international language.