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Crossing borders and disciplines

Our courses cover topics as diverse as Imperial Russia and Modern American Culture. Plus, many are cross-listed with such other programs as Law & Society and Sustainability.



Learn, eat, and learn some more

Dr. Amal Ghazal's course, Food for Thought: History and the Culinary Cultures of the Islamic World, studies the cultural and political relevance of what we put on our plates.



Unique perspectives

Assistant Professor Justin Roberts thrives within Dal's unique transnational and comparative approach to history. "We’re teaching regions rather than being confined by national borders."



"The profs all know me by name"

Coming from Toronto, third-year student Rachel Max was surprised that Dal's History program was so intimate. "I feel like I've really formed relationships with my profs."


Program snapshot

Top 7 reasons to study History at Dal:

  1. We have range. Our courses cover everything from our new emphasis on transnational history, to our rich base in medieval, British, European, Russian, African, Middle Eastern, Atlantic World history, and the history of the Americas.
  2. We’re interdisciplinary. You can broaden your studies by taking courses in related programs such as European Studies, International Development Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies, Law and Society, Popular Culture, Canadian Studies, Russian Studies, and Sustainability.
  3. We’re recognized. Our award-winning faculty are doing groundbreaking research supported by national and international funding agencies.
  4. We’re interesting. You’ll share the classroom with peers from diverse backgrounds across Canada and the globe.
  5. We’re tight-knit. Our low faculty-to-student ratio and small class sizes (upper-level ones can have as few as 5–10 students) create a rich learning environment with plenty of one-on-one interaction.
  6. We’re flexible. You can tailor your own program to combine your various interests within our concentration, major, double major, honours, and combined honours program options.
  7. We’re steeped in history. When you study history at Dal, you can walk out your front door and immerse yourself in one of Canada’s oldest cities and all that it has to offer.

What will I learn?


Studying in the History program at Dal will be as exciting as it is unique. From the role of gender in Reformation Europe to 20th-century naval mutinies, our courses truly offer something for everyone.

What can I do?


An undergraduate History degree from Dal gives you the perfect foundation to pursue any career. Whether it's journalism, law or museum-related work, we'll help you develop the tools to find the perfect fit.