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. Good Luck Rebecca Nagel

    Rebecca Nagel will be joining the Faculty of Arts Dean's Office as Associate Dean, Student Programs on July 1, 2015.

  2. Congratulations to Aya Fujiwara

    Congratulations to Aya Fujiwara (History & Classics) on her upcoming appointment as Director of the Prince Takamado Japan Centre.

  3. Faculty of Arts Awards Night

    On May 8, family, friends, and colleagues joined the Faculty of Arts award winners at this annual celebration.

  4. What's New? At the UofA Museums Exhibition

    Until May 23rd at Enterprise Square. An exhibition of new acquisitions and new ideas relating to the University's numerous museum collections. The exhibition includes several new additions to the Classics Museum, among them a series of recently acquired Greek and Roman coins donated by the Hoffman family, as well as a 3-d print replica of a 4th century Bodhisattva sculpture from ancient India. Also on display for the first time in many years is the University's Egyptian mummy complete with its inscribed wooden coffin. Don't miss this rare opportunity to see these unique artifacts!

  5. Welcome to the Department

    Please welcome to the Department our new postdoctoral fellows Ben Bradley and Sara Komarnisky. Brad will start here on 1 May, working with Ian MacLaren, and Sara on 1 June, working with Beverly Lemire.

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