Welcome to the Department of Historical Studies


The Department of Historical Studies at the University of Toronto Mississauga is transdisciplinary in its approach to learning and research. Established by the merging of Classics, Religion and History in January 2005, this department provides students with a globally-framed historical education that encompasses programs in Classical Civilization, Diaspora and Transnational Studies, History, History and Political Science, History of Religions and the Study of Women and Gender. Students completing these programs will attain a deep and critical historical comprehension of the interplay of classical civilization, world religions and historical societies. We encourage our undergraduates to challenge themselves by investigating a variety of chronological and topographical areas of study. Given the broad range of courses available, the department offers something for everyone. Whether you are interested in the political structure of Classical Greek government or exploring Islamic aesthetic traditions, there are courses available to broaden your knowledge base. Our department provides a diverse and global curriculum, with faculty offering a range of specialized expertise on a wide variety of subjects. The department encourages students to choose new and exciting academic experiences from the approximately 165 historical studies courses offered. We concentrate on providing students with critical thinking and communication skills required to excel in a number of professions. The transferable skills gained through the historical studies program will benefit students who chose to enter the workforce after completing their degree at the University of Toronto. The Department of Historical Studies is dedicated to the success of both junior and senior undergraduates, as well as creating opportunities for students interested in pursuing graduate studies at the University of Toronto. We hope that you will become part of our growing historical studies family!


2020 Connaught New Researcher Award Winner - Dr. Nicole Charles!

25 Sep 2020 - 1:25pm
Photo of Dr. Nicole Charles

Congratulations to Dr. Nicole Charles for being awarded a 2020 Connaught New Researcher Award for her project concerning Barbados's infamous position both as the world's first Black slave society in the 17th-19th centuries and its contemporary notoriety as the 'amputation capital of the world' for its high incidence of diabetes-related amputations amid a growing epidemic of diabetes. 

Congratulations to the 2019-2020 Historical Studies Awards Recipients!

24 Jul 2020 - 11:21am


On behalf of the Department of Historical Studies and the Historical Studies Awards Committee, we are very proud to congratulate our 2019-2020 Awardees on their important achievements!

We were unable to fete our hard-working awardees with the luncheon we had planned in June 2020 due to the unusual worldwide circumstances but we hope to celebrate their accomplishments in June 2021.

We thank all our students and teaching assistants for their contributions to the Department of Historical Studies.



Statement from the Office of the Chair in Support of Black Lives Matter

11 Jun 2020 - 1:11pm

As events have unfolded in recent weeks both in the US and here at home, we have felt horror and disgust at the way our legal and policing systems have been structured to oppress Black, Indigenous, and People of Color.  We stand in solidarity with the BIPOC members of our own community, with BIPOC everywhere, and condemn the systems of state-sanctioned violence against BIPOC here in Canada and elsewhere.

Coronavirus Discriminates Against Black Lives

21 Apr 2020 - 9:45am

Beverly Bain, Professor of Women and Gender Studies, Department of Historical Studies, University of Toronto Mississauga and her colleagues, OmiSoore Dryden, James R.

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