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. Graduate Students' Association New T-Shirt Sale

    Show off your love of the past! The History and Classics Graduate Students' Association (HCGSA) will be offering a new t-shirt this year to celebrate our department!

  2. Faculty of Education Digital Day

    Chad Gaffield "The Surprising Ascendance of Digital Humanities: Why now? What's next?"

  3. The Last Lecture 2015!

    Congratulations to John-Paul Himka, John Kitchen, Linda Kerr, Michael Polushin, and Susan Smith for being among the nominees for The Last Lecture 2015!

  4. New Hiring in History & Classics

    We are delighted to announce that Dominik Wujastyk (University of Vienna) has accepted the appointment of Singhmar Chair in Classical Indian Polity and Society at the University of Alberta.

  5. HCGSA Ancient Coin and Antique Book Raffle

    After the continued success of the yearly coin raffle, which helps to raise funds for such events as our annual graduate student conference, the History and Classics Graduate Students' Association have decided to raffle off another ancient coin!

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