Deciding what courses to take in 2021-2022? Need to know which courses will be offered remotely vs in person on campus? Consult the History Course Handbook!

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The Department of History at the University of Saskatchewan is one of the strongest history departments in Canada. We are recognized for our innovative methods and excellence in teaching. Our groundbreaking research has secured millions of dollars in research funding in national and international competitions.

Our undergraduate program utilizes small seminars taught by experienced faculty to allow you to engage in original research projects from your first year onwards. We offer study abroad programs, experiential learning, and guided research opportunities to help prepare you for further study and the job market. 

Our department contains two prestigious research chairs in medical and community-engaged research. We offer competitive funding packages to our Master’s and PhD students. Alumni from our program have a long track record of getting excellent jobs in teaching, research, and administration. We can facilitate a large range of research projects but our graduate instruction specializes in the eight signature research areas of our faculty.

What's New?

Looking for some exciting senior courses for the coming term? Consider these.

Saskatoon Urban Indigenous History (HIST 468.3 )
Professor Cheryl Troupe
Fall 2021 – Tuesdays 10:30am-1:20pm (in-person)


This experiential learning course introduces students to urban Indigenous history in prairie cities with a focus on Saskatoon. Students will explore the idea of municipal colonialism as a means of erasure of Indigenous peoples from urban spaces, the manifestation of gendered and racialized violence in urban spaces, the development of urban Indigenous social and political organizations, and cities as Indigenous gathering spaces and places of resilience and resistance where Indigenous peoples continue to make space for themselves and their relations. During the class, students will visit local archives, walk the landscape and learn from Indigenous peoples, local historians and archivists. Students will conduct archival research and engage in public history, building towards the completion of individual research projects.

Early North American Ethnohistories (Hist 498.3)
Professor Kathryn Labelle

Are you interested in Indigenous history and perspectives? Do you like small classes that allow safe spaces for vibrant conversation? This class is for you! From learning about trail blazer 20th century activists like Éléonore Sioui, to the ancient history behind tattooing among the Osage, this course has something for everyone.


A History of Guatemala (Hist 385.3)
Professor Jim Handy
M: 6:00-8:50 pm (remote)


Caravans of Guatemalan children head to the US-Mexican border to flee violence and poverty. 71% of the Indigenous population live in poverty, in an environment turned toxic despite a geography so beautiful it hurts. What happened? How did paradise turn so completing into a continuing nightmare? This course explores the history of Guatemala from ancient Mayan city states to the current crises of poverty, gang violence, drug cartels, and land dispossession. The class uses lectures, discussions, and videos to try to make sense of a complicated and tragic history.