History is an exciting and dynamic discipline that is always asking fascinating new questions about the past and answering important old questions in new ways. The study of history teaches us to think critically about how the past is fundamentally similar to the present, how the past is utterly different from the present, how the past is profoundly influential in shaping the present, and how the past is recalled and remembered in the present.
History has long been a popular field of study and with good reason. What better starting place can there be for thinking about how to act in the present than to understand how people have acted in the past? What better starting place can there be for thinking about the forces that shape people’s lives in the present than to understand the forces that have shaped people’s lives in the past. And what better way can there be to acquire the skills necessary for succeeding in the twenty-first century - critical thinking, careful reading, energetic researching, analytic writing, and effective communicating - than to choose a major or minor in which all of these are emphasized.
History is a versatile major that can lead to many careers. Our graduates tell us that the general skills and knowledge that they acquired while at York serve them well in a variety of ways.
Before you graduate, get some experience!
The Department of History offers a fourth year placement course for honours students. This is a great way to get experience and course credit at the same time. In addition, history students should consider the faculty wide programs listed below that offer paid work opportunities.
Get relevant and practical work experience with our internships and position yourself competitively in the future workplace.
Dean's Award for Research Excellence (DARE)
The DARE program gives undergrads a paid opportunity to engage in hands-on research with professors in LA&PS.