historyCover-01.jpgWelcome to History at Nipissing University

We offer the following degree options:

​​The Department of History provides a personalized student experience within a collegial learning community dedicated to creativity, innovation, and excellence in teaching, research and scholarly activities.

To understand the past is to be able to place yourself in those contexts, to understand and think critically about the world, to empathize. Our program supports the formation of citizens as whole people. Indeed, this could be taken as the summation of our role. Learning in our department provides skills and a critically-informed perspective on society at large that is essential for an active and involved life in the twenty-first century.​​

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in History

First-Year History Courses 2018-2019

All courses feature 2 hours of lecture per week (in HIST 1016 this part of the course will be delivered online) and one hour of seminar instruction. In seminars students will learn crucial reading, writing, analysis and oral presentation skills in a small-group setting from an experienced seminar instructor.

Fall Term Courses

HIST 1006: Women in Canada

Strong, Resilient and Wise: the stories of women in 20th century Canada Introducing students to the history of Indigenous and non-Indigenous women, this course centers the stories of women and their communities in 20th century Canada. Framed by the themes of strength, resilience and wisdom, we explore histories of activism, violence, colonialism, the body, war and conflict, sexism and racism in 20th century Canada. Through relationships with Elders and knowledge keepers, we engage with the dibaajimowin (stories) of Anishinaabekwe (women) and Anishinaabeg ways of sharing stories of the past, which are rooted in the Anishinaabe territory on which the university sits, alongside the stories of women from across the country, including Viola Desmond, Nellie McLung, Elsie McGill, Jeanette Corbiere Laval, Buffy Saint Marie, Vancouver Women's Caucus, Helen Betty Osborne, and Naomi Klein.

HIST 1007: The Second World War

This course examines the Second World War in a global context. In surveying principle 'flashpoints' between 1937-1945, we explore the origins, conduct and outcomes of the last global war. Particular attention will be paid to themes such as scope, combatants and methods. Finally, we will examine some of the debates concerning the intentions, practices and impacts of this conflict that fundamentally transformed our world.​​

Winter Term Courses

HIST 1106: Food: A North American History

Why are you eating that? Eating connects us - to the earth, to the plants and animals that live on it, and to the people who produce our food. It connects us, above all, to the people who came before us who decided what was good food and how to make it. This course will not tell you what to eat. It will tell you where pizza came from and how pancakes were used to fight back against exploitation. We will explore how food is grown, cooked, and eaten in North America, why religions and cultures eat the way they do, and why so much of our food now is not so good for us or for the planet. Also, we will cook and eat (good) food.

HIST 1016: The Great War (1914-1918) and its Legacies

The Great War was a global conflict that was concentrated in Europe but had important theatres in and implications for Africa, the Middle East, Asia, the Pacific and the Americas. The human, economic and social-political costs of the conflict brought an end to historic dynasties in Austria/Hungary, Russia, Germany, and Turkey and set in motion most of the critical issues that shaped the twentieth century world. This course examines the destructive and creative forces that were mobilized during this ‘total war’ through lecture, an examination of primary historical documents from the period and through tutorial discussions of some of the most important historical questions the Great War raises about the human experience.

Note: the lecture component of this course will be delivered online. Seminars will be held on campus.​

Our faculty study and teach a variety of fields in North American, European and World History. We have expertise in Canadian political and social history, modern and early modern European and British history, the Middle Ages, the colonial and antebellum United States, the Second World War and its aftermath, the history of genocide and war crimes trials, Russian/Soviet history, 20th century International history, and more!

The Seminar Experience at Nipissing University

Our students attend two hours of lecture and one hour of seminar per week. During the small weekly seminars students critically discuss the course material which includes historical documents. The seminar instructors also offer skills training to help students master university-level essay writing. The seminars are designed to help students get comfortable with expressing their ideas.

The History Department's Style Guide

The standard style and reference guide that students should use while writing their essays.

The Canadian Historical Association / La Société historique du Canada

Founded in 1922, the Canadian Historical Association / La Société historique du Canada is a bilingual not-for-profit and charitable association devoted to fostering the scholarly study and communication of history in Canada. It is the largest of its kind in the country.

The Association seeks to encourage the integration of historical knowledge and perspectives in both the scholarly and public spheres, to ensure the accessibility of historical resources, and to defend the rights and freedoms of professional and emerging historians in the pursuit of historical inquiry.


Nipissing's campus is located on a stunning 291 hectares of Canadian Shield forest. With our focus on student-centred living and learning, you will feel a sense of community the moment you step on campus.

The Harris Learning Library

The Harris Learning Library was completed in 2011 and provides 56,000 square feet of study space with natural light and a modern award-winning design. The new library features expanded print collections, a learning commons, an adaptive technology area, and collaborative work spaces.

Academic Support Services

Our goal is to support your academic and personal development. Look for assistance with accessibility services, learning style assessments, writing skills, writing formats, study strategies, time management, note-taking skills, academic resources, group seminars, peer support, career development activities, and more. Learn More...

Financial Support Services

Achieve your goals on time and on budget. We’ll help you fund your education through scholarships, awards, bursaries, government assistance, and work study programs. Learn More...

Scholarships, awards, and bursaries for students in the History program

Internationalize your Degree

If you want to experience a year or a semester at one of our partner schools across the globe, we have support services and programs to help you get there. If you want to assist International students with adjusting to life in Canada, we’ll connect you. Check out your options...

Personal Counselling Services

Our registered counsellors offer free, year-round personal counselling services, specialized therapeutic groups, referral services and a host of wellness, educational and awareness events to all full- and part-time undergraduate and graduate students. Learn More...


Our top-rated residences will make you feel right at home. You will make fast friends with your residence community. Our student leaders, Residence Dons, and award winning residence staff give tutorials on everything from the basics of laundry and cooking to making connections within the community. Learn More...​​​​

History Seminar Series

Nipissing University’s History department hosts a seminars series, featuring panel discussions, debates and presentations.

Seminar Series Schedule

“I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand.” Confucius

Experiential learning is an effective medium that enhances and reinforces classroom learning. In addition, skills and competencies in the areas of communication, teamwork, analysis, work ethic, and problem solving are all learning outcomes that assist with finding the right career path for you.

Third and fourth year Arts and Science Students will be interested in our 3 credit course, UNIV 3006 Experiential Learning for Arts and Science Students. Within this course, academic assignments and at least 60 hours of placement in the community within a field that is related to your course of study is offered.

The Nipissing Promise

Students enrolled in the Nipissing University Promise program will be invited to return to Nipissing, tuition free, for up to 30 additional credits if six months after completing their four-year undergraduate degree program with a 70 percent average and all required elements of the program, they have not secured career-related employment.

For more information please visit The Nipissing Promise.

Leadership and Community Engagement

If you are eager to get involved beyond the classroom, take part in the annual Undergraduate Research Conference, which gives you the opportunity to present your work to peers, professors, and family members. You may also have opportunity to work as a Research Assistant to help a professor conduct research and gain valuable experience at the same time.

Record of Student Development

Involvement and experiential learning lead to more personal and academic success by connecting classroom learning to real world experience. Volunteer on your campus and within the community and be officially recognized for all that you do. The Record of Student Development (RSD) documents that you have completed a series of involvement outcomes that all employers are looking for. Achieving all the competencies associated with the RSD will help you communicate the depth of your experiences as you apply to career opportunities.

Employers are looking for people with the following proven abilities:

  • Analytical Skills
  • Communication skills
  • Problem-Solving skills
  • Strong Work Ethic
  • Teamwork

To register and see the full list of RSD competencies visit www.nipissingu.ca/rsd

Student Union

Students attending Nipissing University in North Bay and long distance students are members of the Nipissing University Student Union. Our organization strives to represent students democratically, provide a communication framework, and lobby for legislative change on issues that affect students.


Exercise and healthy competition always help to clear the mind.


Nipissing’s Athletics Department offers a wide range of intramural activities to keep you on your game


Club sports are available to all Nipissing students and are both recreational and competitive.


Go Lakers! Our varsity athletes always bring their “A” game. Get your friends together and come out to cheer on your favourite teams.


Whether you are a gym enthusiast or a weekend warrior, Nipissing has just what you need.


Full-time Faculty

Part-time Faculty

Faculty Publications

The faculty in Nipissing University's History Department are active in contributing to the field of historical research. Click here to view a collection of recent publications.



My experience with the History Department at Nipissing has completely changed the way I view the world around me, particularly concerning indigenous/non-indigenous relations in Canada. As I work toward a career in the social services sector, my background in Canadian History will be extremely valuable, and a minor in History is an ideal complement to a Social Welfare degree.

The professors in the History Department have challenged me to critically examine the world that I live in, and have provided me with tools and feedback that have helped me to greatly improve my communication skills.

Evan Newman, BA '14

With your critical thinking skills and the ability to speak and write eloquently, you will have many career options to choose from. History graduates find work in a variety of sectors of the economy, including civil service, the university sector (administration, recruitment, marketing), law, business and consulting. They find jobs in these areas because they have advanced communication and literacy skills. The ability to read, synthesize and analyze a significant body of work.

You may consider a career in teaching or you may want to follow your love of the subject of History to positions such as museum curator, biographer, politician, journalist, and genealogical and historical researcher.

Master of Arts in History

If you’ve already completed an undergraduate degree and are looking to take the next step in your education, consider our Master of Arts degree in History. The program offers four fields of concentration—International, Gender, Canadian, and European—and consists of course work and a Major Research Paper. The Master program provides training for entry into a PhD program, and as well, develops your research, writing, and presentation skills that will expand your career options in a wide range of fields, including commerce, government, heritage, and teaching. In the spring, you can participate in the annual Graduate Student Conference by presenting your Major Research Paper (MRP) proposal to an audience of peers and faculty in preparation for defense of your MRP. You will also serve as a research or teaching assistant for a faculty member. This will give you teaching experience at the university level, and includes instructing, marking, and holding office hours. While the program is typically completed within a year, it is offered in both full- and part-time studies. Learn More...

“What Can you Do with a History Degree? Many Things!”

As these profiles show, far more than you think, precisely because historical training teaches you how to think, analyze, communicate, write, organize and create. History nurtures our curiosity, our openness to new ways of understanding our world, both past and present.

Career and Academic Options

  • Graduate Studies
  • Professional School (Education, Law, MBA)
  • Careers in government, journalism, archival research, genealogical services, museum work, politics, as a biographer, documentary editor, educational advisor, heritage coordinator, librarian, policy advisor, records manager.