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.
Historical Interpreter Positions for City of Toronto Museums and Heritage Services
Do you enjoy sharing stories and interacting with diverse groups of people of all ages? Are you committed to creating inclusive museums for all and committed to telling the full story of Toronto's past, present and future? Do you love community engagement, performing or working with your hands? You could be a Historical Interpreter at Toronto History Museums!
Historical Interpreters create inclusive and welcoming experiences at the Toronto History Museums. They design and deliver unique, interactive and creative programming that tells the many and diverse stories of Toronto's past present and future.
Historic Interpreters bring rich and diverse knowledge and experiences to Toronto History Museums. They use performance, education, artistic, artisan and community engagement skills to create the best possible experiences for the public. Their energy and enthusiasm are the public face of Toronto’s museums. POSITION DETAILS AND APPLICATION
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.