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 excellent teachers (many have won campus awards), and world-class researchers active at the forefront of their chosen fields.

Our programs are notable for their remarkable breadth, in terms of their geographical reach – ranging across the history of six continents – and their wide array of themes, which include gender, sexuality, class, nation, empire, and identity, and perspectives covering urban, environmental, transnational and postcolonial histories. We offer literary studies in Greek and Latin and archaeological field schools in Italy and Greece. Our programs offer great flexibility, allowing students to tailor their degree to their interests. Our undergraduate students develop skills in communication, critical analysis, research, and cultural understanding, which provide a strong foundation for careers in business, communications and public service, as well as for graduate studies. In graduate study, the breadth of our programs, extensive library resources, and funding opportunities enable our students to pursue original and innovative research.


  1. In Memoriam

    Professor Emeritus, Duncan Fishwick (department chair, 1988-1992) passed away August 6, 2015.

  2. Arts Degrees in Demand

    Did you know that a liberal arts degree is in hot demand by tech companies? Check out this recent article at forbes.com.

  3. Arts Explorers Summer Series: Ukraine's new identity

    A summer series about travel that transforms lives. By David Marples

  4. HCTeaser

    Still Looking for a Fall Class?

    We still have some great courses with open space!

  5. Academic Prep Activities for New Students

    The U of A Student Success Centre is offering two academic preparation programs for incoming new students.

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