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.

Considering a History Major or Minor? Just interested in a class or two? Do you have questions about our 3-year BA, 4-year BA, or Honours programs?

Consider booking an advising appointment with Professor Mark Meyers, Director of Undergraduate Studies in the History Department. Professor Meyers will discuss your academic interests, career plans (if any), and other needs, and help make sure you're on the right track—whether you're just choosing a class or two or planning out your major or minor.

Appointments begin April 13 and can be on zoom or in-person—your choice.  Spaces fill up fast, so don’t delay. 

BOOK HERE:  https://doodle.com/bp/markmeyers/history-advising 


Do you have questions about college distribution requirements or about the specific number and type of courses you need to finish your degree?  Please address those to a professional adviser in the Undergraduate Students Office (Arts 265).  Start here: https://artsandscience.usask.ca/academics/advising.php

Deciding what courses to take in 2022-2023? Consult the handbook!

The 2022-23 History Department Handbook is now live.  This is an annual list of courses that will be offered in the upcoming year, complete with times, instructors, and full descriptions. 

Looking for study abroad courses for this summer?

Consider the following.

Human Rights in History - HIST 272.3

Dr. Mark Meyers

Using a visit to the new Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) in Winnipeg as their point of departure, students in this intensive experiential learning course will look at human rights as a product of history, the result of the changing moral frameworks that shape how people define and grapple with injustice in the world. Where did the concept of human rights come from? Why have demands for justice in the modern world so often been articulated as matters of human rights? How has the meaning of human rights changed over time? Finally, how does the CMHR present the history of human rights (or their violation), and in what ways do the museum’s choices influence the public’s understanding of that history? By engaging our senses and passions along with our rational and critical faculties, the encounter with the museum will heighten our interest in the subject matter and facilitate transformative learning. Moreover, the museum’s exhibitions and resource center will provide us with examples of case studies and contexts that may be explored further in class or in research projects.

This year—and exceptionally—air travel, accommodations, and other expenses for the trip to Winnipeg (except meals) will be fully covered by the University of Saskatchewan and Museum donors. You pay only for tuition, books, and your meals in Winnipeg.

Please e-mail Professor Meyers for details and updates (mark.meyers@usask.ca).

Instructor: Dr. Mark Meyers

Offered in Spring 2022

May 9-30 (M-F 9:30-11:50am), with mandatory travel to Winnipeg May 11-14, 2022.

Apply here: https://artsandscience.usask.ca/studyabroad/applicationform/index.php

Academic Reference:  https://students.usask.ca/documents/issac/academic-reference-form.pdf

Deadline: Marrch 31, 2022. Space is limited.

Read more about the class and students who have taken it:


Rome, Italy-Vision of Empire: Architecture & Power in Ancient Rome & Fascist Italy - HIST 433.6

Dr. Angela Kalinowski and Dr. Alessio Ponzio

May 30-June 3, 2022 in Saskatoon and June 20-July 8, 2022 in Rome (British School at Rome)
This course is designed to give students an unforgettable experience of Italy, and particularly of Rome. The course focuses on the architecture and the role of Rome as "imperial city" under Augustus and as symbol of national rebirth during the Fascist regime. The city of Rome and its monuments and buildings are the both the classroom and the objects of study of this course.

Looking for a summer course?

Colonization and the History of North America - Hist 155

Dr. Andrew Watson

HIST 155 explores the environmental history of European colonial expansion in North America from the end of the 1400s to the beginning of the 1900s. An enormous cast of non-human actors, including microbes and domestic animals played a part in this history. By exploring the impact of the biological expansion of Europeans in North America this course introduces students to topics such as epidemic disease, horses on the Great Plains, the destruction of the bison, and agricultural expansion.