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!


A message for our Historical Studies community

17 Mar 2020 - 10:08am

The health, safety, and well-being of our community members is very important to us. With regret, owing to the current, rapidly changing situation, with COVID-19, all Department of Historical Studies events for March and April have been cancelled/postponed until further notice.

For all important changes at UTM due to COVID-19: https://www.utm.utoronto.ca/coronavirus/

Faculty and staff remain available to you via email. Please feel free to contact us if you have questions or concerns.

Experiential Education in Buddhist Studies

18 Dec 2019 - 8:57am

The Khyentse Foundation has given support for Engaging Education in Buddhist Studies, a new initiative to be developed at the University of Toronto over the next two years. This initiative will support the development and delivery of new course modules that enhance student and teacher experiences of existing Buddhist studies courses by incorporating pedagogical practices of experiential learning, especially those that foster student well-being.

Anna Cwikla featured in The Medium!

2 Dec 2019 - 12:56pm

Congratulations again to Anna! The Medium featured her recently - read more here!

2019 UTM Annual Research Prize Winner - Dr. Julie MacArthur!

21 Oct 2019 - 11:33am

Congratulations to Dr. Julie MacArthur for being awarded the 2019 UTM Annual Research Prize in the Humanities for her contributions in the areas of cartography and geographic imaginations, borders and local practices of space, memory and representation in modern Africa! Dr.

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