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The Department of History

Why study history?

The world around us right now is the product of history.

Tracing the turning points and individual actions that built the present helps make sense of the world around us and points to ways that we can make a difference in the future.

History students develop practical, marketable skills that transfer into a wide range of workplaces. 

Our classes focus on how to:

  • find and make sense of data ;
  • apply critical thinking to that information;
  • and effectively communicate an analysis to a broad audience.

Research, analysis and communication are in-demand skills.

Your history degree applies to a career in education, business, journalism, government, law and the non-profit sector.

For more information about career opportunities, see: What Can I Do with My History Degree? and our Alumni page.

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George Colpitts examines the circumstances that helped determine the design of Calgary’s Polar Bear Complex in 1973.

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Undergraduate student designs the faculty’s 2023 holiday card

Melissa Glass receives SSHRC award

History Doctoral student Melissa Glass has received the Michael Smith Award Foreign Study Supplement Award

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Please reach us at hist@ucalgary.ca