History and Global Studies
Discovering who we were; shaping who we are.

At Bishop’s, we believe that historical knowledge serves an individual and society the way memory does. It gives us perspectives and insights into the world in which we live and presents us with the almost limitless range of ways humans have organized their lives. We also understand that the past is presented or re-presented in specific ways by historians and others, such as politicians and heritage advocates; as a result, we believe it is just as important to learn about and analyze historical interpretations as it is to learn about the past itself.

We acknowledge that the land on which we gather is the traditional and unceded territory of the Abenaki, a member of the Wabenaki confederacy.

Why Study History at Bishop’s?

  • We strongly believe that small is beautiful. Our average class size is about 25-30 students, and final year courses are limited to 12-15.
  • From the first year onwards, classes include discussion and debate. Our students experience personal and lively interaction with colleagues and professors in seminars where discussion and debate of controversial historical issues and events is highlighted.
  • The study of History allows students to develop a wide range of research and communications skills. At Bishop’s, these skills are acquired through class participation, as well as through a wide variety of assignments, from doing primary source analyses to writing research essays, from presenting posters and producing videos. See the History Review for examples of student essays. See the Department Facebook page for examples of student posters and videos.
  • Students who wish to chat about their work or their program with a faculty member will find it very easy to do so: Bishop’s has a well-deserved reputation for its exceptional degree of faculty-student interaction.
  • With minimal exceptions, written work will be evaluated by the course instructor and not, as in many larger universities, by a teaching assistant.
  • The ideal of excellence in teaching to which the department subscribes is one that is enriched by research. All faculty members are actively engaged in scholarship in their areas of specialty.
  • Students get the opportunity to create history themselves by examining original sources from the past and by assisting or participating in the research activities of their professors.
  • Because history matters not only in the classroom but everywhere else, we offer a variety of courses in Public History which give Bishop’s students the chance to explore history in its non-academic visage. We not only provide students interested in Public History the necessary skills to succeed in this area, but we also offer opportunities for practical experience through class assignments and internships.
  • Our students graduate with a first-class education, an ability to find and evaluate evidence and present arguments in a compelling way. They go on to challenging careers in academia, teaching, journalism, law, management and many other fields.

Our Goals

  • Stimulate critical analysis of the context in which people make choices and help students develop an awareness of the range of consequences that might follow.
  • Deepen a number of specific skills that are invaluable assets for graduates entering the labour market and taking on the duties of citizenship, such as the ability to engage in research, to evaluate evidence and to present conclusions in a reasoned and coherent way.
  • Motivate students to participate in the world as leaders, concerned citizens and advocates of the common good.
  • Provide a variety of courses that cover the world and explore issues in a plethora of ways such as lectures, films, seminar discussions, paper presentations and a variety of internships.
  • Promote learning outside the classroom through student-led activities, the History Review and social events.

Courses & Programs



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