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. "The Role of Greek Literature in Intellectual Macedonian Circles"

    Frances Pownall recently presented "The Role of Greek Literature in Intellectual Macedonian Circles" at "The HIstory of the Argeads--New Perspectives" in Innsbruck, Austria.

  2. The Kastro Kallithea Study Season 2015

    An Impression by Matt Gabert and Karey Rodgirs. A great video about the History & Classics field school in Kallithea.

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    Susan Smith Talks about Mustard Gas with PBS and NPR

    During World War II, the U.S. government conducted experiments with mustard gas and other chemicals on thousands of American troops. A new NPR investigation has found that some military experiments singled out African-American, Japanese-American and Puerto Rican servicemen by race. Judy Woodruff learns more from Caitlin Dickerson of NPR and Susan Smith of University of Alberta.

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    Kallithea Convocation!

    A small celebration for those students at the Kallithea Field School who could not attend the ceremony here on campus.

  5. Faculty Members Attend Convocation

    Great to see some of our Faculty attend the 2015 Spring Convocation!

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