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. Constellations Undergraduate Journal Winter 2015 Conference

    Our conference featuring the work of Undergraduate History and Classics students.

  2. Sanctuary Project Presentation

    Sanctuary seeks to document sacral culture on the Canadian Prairies. We photograph Byzantine rite, primarily Ukrainian, churches and their contents.

  3. Symposium on Symposia

    What makes a symposium a symposium?

  4. Congratulations Are in Order!

    Congratulations and well done to Katy Mackay, Lara Apps, Sarah Nash, Rosalind MacDonald, and Jessica McGinnis!

  5. Sustaining the West: Cultural Responses to Canadian Environments

    Compliments to Liza Piper, Associate Professor, History, who has had an edited collection published. Sustaining the West: Cultural Responses to Canadian Environments. The book also features a chapter by colleagues Shannon Stunden Bower and Sean Gouglas, as well as another one by PhD candidate, Daniel Sims.

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