Welcome to History at StFX, where you can count on distinguished historians to offer you excellence in teaching and historical scholarship. We offer a range of fascinating courses on themes such as war, empire, religion, gender, sexuality and race. Taking courses in history will prepare you to be an engaged and informed citizen and provide you with a variety of marketable skills for today’s job market—from analytic thinking to communication and research expertise.
Studying history prepares you for careers in which research, writing, and critical thinking skills are highly valued. St FX history grads have excelled in law, journalism, publishing, teaching, heritage conservation, museums and archives, management and policy, business, public service, consulting and library and information administration.
"History introduced me to the notion of policy making and the volatile relationship between government and business. My background has proven valuable at Hertie and the companies where I have worked, for one must understand the past in order to prescribe policies and strategies for the future.”
- Sophia Cote, St. FX, Class of 2011
With small class sizes, a broad course selection, and a team of committed academics, History students at StFX can apply what they learn to their lives and the lives of those around them. In a place where history itself is part of the academic experience, StFX is an ideal atmosphere in which to explore the past and its relevance to the future.
The First Year
The StFX History Department offers two introductions to History: Western Civilization, which traces the origin of European culture from the ancient Greeks until the 20th century, and Global History, which explores Europe’s relation to other world cultures since 1300. Over the course of the program, students will take courses in race, class and gender diversity; The Holocaust; European Fascism; Modern Latin America; Cuba; Modern Mexico; Canada and the Cold War; and Sexuality, Gender and the Body in Historical Perspective.
History students may pursue a major, advanced major, or honours degree with a subsidiary subject.