History and Classics

~ About the Department ~


The Department of History and Classics at the University of Alberta is recognized as one of the leading departments for the study of History and Classics in Canada and globally. Our students work with professors who are outstanding teachers and world-class researchers active at the forefront of their chosen fields. Our faculty include three winners of the J. Gordin Kaplan Award for Excellence in Research(the university’s top research award), and we have a superb record of teaching, with many of our regular faculty and CAST instructors winning teaching prizes in recent years.

Our Canadian History area was recently strengthened by a new faculty addition, and we welcomed another new faculty in Classical Archaeology in the summer of 2017. Our recent focus has also been on Aboriginal History, with a prospective targeted hire and a postdoctoral fellowship in this area.

In addition to bringing in guest speakers throughout the year, we also host two major lectures annually: the Western Canadian History Lecture and the L.H. Thomas Lecture, both of which attract wide audiences both from the campus community and the general public. We also hold a Bag Lunch lecture series run by our graduate students, which bring together faculty and students for interesting and stimulating discourse.  Our active and vibrant graduate student organization, HCGSA, holds one of the largest graduate conferences in Canada annually in the spring.  In classics, we hold 4 talks per year sponsored by the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) and many other events.