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Department of History

Understand history with the support of dynamic, innovative professors. Practice history by working directly with sources and ideas. Live your training experience in a vibrant student community.


The Department of History is eager to welcome you. It will undoubtedly satisfy your craving for understanding our complex world and feed your infinite curiosity. You will find here passionate professors, fascinating research themes, and original approaches. Let us surprise you, come and learn!

By its very nature, history provides access to a whole range of professional possibilities. The study of history promotes a better understanding of the way in which societies work, the factors that bring them together and set them apart, the events that have shaped their development. It is a subject that helps to explain how different political, religious, and legal systems came into being and how cultural, social, economic, and geographical conditions have determined the way in which countries have developed. It is a discipline that allows us to get to the very heart of the way peoples think and act. A good background in history is an indispensable condition for a successful career in a variety of areas: law, journalism, administration, teaching, communications, and the public and diplomatic services.

Contact the Chair of the Department
Desmarais building
Desmarais building


Our undergraduate programs will provide you with solid and transferable skills while enabling you to pursue your passion for history. Our very flexible course offering is structured around two complementary components: understanding the history of past societies and practising the historian’s craft. Starting in the first year, you will practise history by using historical documents of all kinds: texts from past centuries, monuments, paintings, films, unusual or symbolic objects and digital documentation. You will develop critical and analytical skills as well as competencies in research and writing sought after by employers.

In Graduate Studies, students contribute to historical research by creating their own research project with the support of their supervisor. Building on solid methodologies, fruitful approaches, and inspiring concepts, masters and doctoral students uncover unknown aspects of past societies and help reveal their relevance in today’s world. Associated with professors within our research clusters, graduate students disseminate their findings to many publics, here and abroad, and prepare themselves for diverse career opportunities.

Contact us

Department of History

Desmarais Building
55 Laurier Avenue East, 9th Floor
Ottawa ON Canada K1N 6N5

Tel.: 613-562-5735
Fax: 613-562-5995
[email protected]


Office Hours

Monday to Friday
From 8:45 a.m. to 12 p.m.
From 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
(June to August: closed at 3:30 p.m.)

Academic assistants

Undergraduate studies
Simard Hall, room 128
[email protected]

Graduate studies 
Desmarais Hall, 8th floor
613 562-5800 ext. 5439
[email protected]