Welcome to History!

Understand the past so you can tackle the present and inform the future. You’ll become an engaged citizen as you study history on our welcoming bilingual campus. While exploring the human experience in various times and places, you’ll master research and critical reading, thinking and writing skills in both of Canada’s official languages. You’ll benefit from small classes, close teacher-student interaction and an active, engaged scholarly community typical of a big research university. Learn from professors who are specialists in Canadian, European, African and Latin American history, and leaders in their fields. You’ll get full support for your creativity through the rich array of digital storytelling tools available in the Glendon Digital Media Lab, and find opportunities to get work experience in cultural and heritage institutions.

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Skills You'll Learn

  • Understand the causes, development and consequences of political and social processes that have shaped people’s lives throughout history
  • Reconstruct, inhabit and interpret different cultural systems through creativity, empathy and imagination
  • Develop sophisticated information literacy skills
  • Work with a wide variety of sources and types of information, and understand their limits


As a History graduate, you are well-equipped to become a leader and changemaker. You can choose to pursue grad studies or obtain additional qualifications. Here are a few examples of possible career paths:

  • Curator
  • Journalist
  • Teacher
  • Diplomat
  • Lawyer
  • Writer
  • Critic
  • Documentary filmmaker
  • Policy analyst

Visit the Career Centre and the Canadian Historical Society for more career options in History.

Hands-On Experiences

Apply the concepts and theories you’re studying to real world challenges. Engage in guided practical experiences in the classroom, workplace, community and abroad. These are some opportunities for History students.

  • Join the Glendon Historical Society to connect with like-minded historians and attend events.
  • Apply to the cross-disciplinary certificate in Public History
  • Do a work placement with a heritage or cultural institution
  • Attend a guest lecture on campus

Admission Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent with an average* in the mid to high 70s
  • Minimum of six 4U or 4M courses, including 4U English (ENG4U) or FRA4U
  • A combination of U and M courses; OACs are accepted
  • Proficiency in English OR French

* Average is calculated based on the top six 4U; 4M or DU courses

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Cross-Disciplinary Certificate in Public History

Glendon Campus prides itself on being a supportive community that goes the extra mile to ensure you get the help you need. See some of the resources History students use the most.

Meet Your Professors

You’ll learn from and get to know friendly, high-profile professors, who are leaders in their fields and specialists in Canadian, African, European and Latin American history.

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Geoffrey Ewen

York Hall 242A
416-736-2100 x 88466

Mark Jurdjevic

Mark Jurdjevic

York Hall 262
416-736-2100 x 88351

Betsey Price

Betsey Price

York Hall 326
416-736-2100 x 88258

Course Directors:

Gilberto Fernandes


Jonathan Herold

York Hall 262
416-487 6724

Robin Nadeau

York Hall 207
416-736-2100 x 88228

Professors Emeriti:

Ian Gentles

York Hall 236

Michiel Horn

York Hall 240
416-736-2100 x 88254

Roberto Perin

York Hall 236
416-736-2100 x 88249

News & Events

Get involved on campus and in the community to meet fellow students and boost your Glendon experience.

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Student Wins $700 Prize for Outstanding Academic Essay | Glendon Campus This $700 Michael Drache 'Big History, Big Ideas' Prize recognises a student with an outstanding, investigative academic essay or digital project which focuses on the theme(s) of inequality, racism, social activism, LGBTQ activism, climate crisis, indigeneity, or global capitalism. Professor Dr. Jack Cécillon nominated Zipporah Davis paper “The Nk’Mip Winery: From Victims of Colonization to […] www.yorku.ca

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