Department of Historical Studies

Office: Tilley Hall, Room 120
Phone: 506-453-4621
Email: historicalstudies@unb.ca
Chair: Dr. Lisa Todd

Website: Department of Historical Studies

Department of Historical Studies
University of New Brunswick
P.O. Box 4400
Fredericton, N.B.
Canada, E3B 5A3


  • Brown, Cindy, BA, MA (UNB), PhD (Western), Research Associate - 2018
  • Brown, Jeffrey S., BA (St John Fisher, NY), MA (SUNY- Brockport), MA (York), PhD (Rochester), Associate Prof - 2002
  • Cavanaugh, Stephanie, BA Hons (UNB), MA, PhD (Toronto), Assistant Prof - 2023
  • Charters, David, BA, MA (UNB), PhD (London), Prof - 1988 (retired)
  • Churchill, Wendy, BA (Memorial), MA, PhD (McMaster), Associate Prof - 2006
  • Corke, Sarah-Jane, BA, MA, (Guelph), PhD (UNB), Associate Prof - 2018
  • Frank, David, BA (Toronto), MA, PhD (Dal), Prof - 1980 (retired)
  • Hunt-Kennedy, Stefanie, BA (Trent), MA (Guelph), PhD (Toronto) - Assistant Prof - 2016
  • Kealey, Gregory S., BA (Toronto), MA, PhD (Rochester), FRSC, FRHistS, Prof - 2001 (retired)
  • Kennedy, Sean, BA (Memorial), MA, PhD (York), Prof - 1999
  • Mullally, Sasha, BA, MA (Ottawa), PhD (Toronto), Prof - 2009
  • Todd, Lisa, BA (UNB), MA (London), PhD (Toronto) - Associate Prof - 2013
  • Tozer, Angela, BA (Tor), MA (McGill), PhD (McGill), Assistant Prof - 2020
  • Windsor, Lee, BA (Acadia), MA (WLU), PhD (UNB), Associate Prof - 2006

Course numbering

Courses at this level are suitable for students in their first or second year of University (i.e. in their first 60 ch) and are open to Arts students and non-Arts students. Subject to general regulations, these courses may also be taken for credit by students in the upper years of their programs.

They are general-interest courses, designed to introduce students to specific topics, and to develop their skills in critical thinking and effective writing.

Students who are interested in pursuing a Major, a Minor or Honours in History, including students in their first year are encouraged to begin their studies in the discipline with a 2000-level foundation course.

These courses are recommended for first and second year students considering more advanced studies in History. The 2000-level includes our Foundation Courses. While these are recommended for anyone with an interest in the course material, at least 6 ch of Foundation Courses are required for students completing a History minor, major, double-major, or honours degree.

The Foundation Courses are designed to build the skills of careful reading, critical analysis, research literacy, and effective communication necessary for serious historical inquiry. Students learn to analyze primary and secondary sources, to evaluate competing historiographical interpretations, and to research and write about historical problems. All Foundation Courses feature weekly small-group discussion sections.

These courses are suitable for both Arts and non-Arts students who have completed at least 60 ch, as well as for History students.

These courses are suitable for Arts and non-Arts students who have completed at least 60 ch overall and at least 6 ch in History. These advanced courses often include a tutorial component and may have enrolment restrictions.

These courses employ the seminar format and are normally open only to History Honours students, who must register for them through the departmental Director of Honours. Students not enrolled in the History Honours program require permission of the Director of Honours and the course instructor before registering.

Courses for credit

The following courses may be counted for advanced credit in the Department of History up to a maximum of 12 ch.

  • CLAS 3003 Ancient History: The Greeks from the Trojan War to Alexander the Great
  • CLAS 3033 Ancient History: The Romans from Replublic to Empire
  • CLAS 3053 The Roman Army
  • CLAS 3063 Ancient Greek Warfare
  • CLAS 3073 Ancient History: Jewish Civilization from the Babylonian Exile to the Great Revolt
  • CLAS 3093 The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
  • CLAS 3623 Remembering War in Ancient Greeece
  • CLAS 3803 The World of Jesus
  • CLAS 3813 The Early Church
  • CLAS 3953 Race and Racism in the Ancient World
  • CLAS 4063 Caesar Augustus

  • ED 5074 History and Philosophy of Education

  • CCS 3061 From Peoples to a Nation: German Culture before 1900
  • CCS 3071 Germany Today: German Culture from 1900 to the Present

  • POLS 3242 Canadian-American Relations
  • POLS 3247 Trudeau's Canada
  • POLS 3251 Canadian Federalism
  • POLS 3441 Women Political Thinkers
  • POLS 3446 Subjects, Citizens, Individuals: Politics of the Early Modern World
  • POLS 4416 Canadian Political Thought
  • POLS 4495 Gender and War: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives

  • RSS 1042 History of Sport and Recreation
  • RSS 4024 Canadian History of Pucks, Parks and Playgrounds

Honours, Majors and Minors

Admission to the Honours Program in History is open to qualified students who have completed 60 ch of courses toward the BA degree and who have satisfied the Arts Faculty general requirements for the first and second year. Normally students will have completed 12 ch in History courses at the 1000 or 2000 level, including at least 6 ch in Foundation Courses. Students should apply for admission to the History Honours Program during their fourth term.

Each student's program of study must be approved by the departmental Director of Honours. The Director of Honours acts as advisor to the Honours students in the selection of courses.

  • Single Honours: Single Honours students normally take 42 ch of upper level History courses. A minimum of 24 ch of these must be at the 5000-level and must include History 5901 (3 ch). The 5000-level seminars must be chosen from at least two fields of History. The remaining 18 ch of upper level courses must be at the 3000 or 4000 level.
  • Joint Honours: A student reading for Honours in History jointly with another subject, must take at least 24 ch of advanced-level History courses of which 12 ch must be seminars.

The Director of the Majors Program in History is the advisor of all students in the Majors, Double Majors, and Minors programs in History. In selecting courses, students should consult with the Director, who must approve all Major, Double Major, and Minor programs.

A student transferring from another faculty into Arts and intending to Major in History, or changing from another Major into History, may do so with the permission of the Dean of Arts and the Department of History.

A Major in History requires the completion of 42 ch of History courses, with a grade of C or better in each. The specific requirements are as follows:

i. At least 6 ch must be in Foundation Courses (12 ch of Foundation Courses is recommended).
ii. No more than 18 ch at the 1000 or 2000  level, and at least 24 ch at the 3000 or 4000  level.
iii. At least 6 of the 42 ch of history courses must deal with history before 1800.

The departmental Director of Majors must approve the program of every Majors student.

Double Majors: A Double Major in History requires the completion of 36 ch of History courses, with a mark of C or better in each. At least 6 ch must be in Foundation courses. At least 24 ch of History courses must be completed at the 3000- and 4000-level. Pre-1800 course coverage is not required for a Double Major. The departmental Director of Majors must approve the courses for the History component of the Double Major.

Minor Program: A Minor in History requires the completion of 12 ch of History at the 1000 or 2000 level, at least 6 ch of which must be in Foundation Courses. This must be followed by an additional 12 ch at the 3000 or 4000 level. A total of at least 24 ch of History courses must be completed. A grade of C or better in each individual course is required for the Minor. The departmental Director of Majors must approve the courses for the Minor.

History at St. Thomas University

UNB students are advised that upper level history courses offered at St. Thomas University, which are not offered at UNB, may be taken for credit by UNB students. See the St. Thomas University Calendar for course descriptions.

Note on grading

The Department of History requires a "C" grade on individual courses to fulfil prerequisite and Majors requirements. All full-year History courses carry a 6 ch rating. Term courses carry a 3 ch rating.