Department of History 

General Information: Tilley Hall, Room 120
Mailing Address: Department of History,
University of New Brunswick,
Fredericton, N.B.,
Canada, E3B 5A3 
Phone: (506) 453-4621
Fax: (506) 453-5068
Email: history@unb.ca
Website: http://www.unbf.ca/arts/History/
Chair: Dr. Jeffery S. Brown


  • Brown, Jeffrey S., BA (St John Fisher, NY), MA (SUNY- Brockport), MA (York), PhD (Rochester), Assoc Prof and Chair - 2002
  • Charters, David, BA, MA (UNB), PhD (Lond), Prof - 1988
  • Churchill, Wendy, BA (Memorial), MA, PhD (McMaster), Assoc Prof – 2006
  • Frank, David, BA (Tor), MA, PhD (Dal), Prof - 1980
  • Kealey, Gregory S., BA (Tor), MA, PhD (Rochester), FRSC, FRHistS, Prof - 2001
  • Kennedy, Sean, BA (Memorial), MA, PhD (York), Prof - 1999
  • Mancke, Elizabeth, BA (Colorado), MA (UBC), MA, PhD (Johns Hopkins), Canada Research Chair, Prof - 2012
  • Milner, J. Marc, BA, MA, PhD (UNB), Prof - 1986
  • Morton, Erin, BA (Mount Allison), MA, PhD (Queen's), Assoc Prof - 2009
  • Mullally, Sasha, BA, MA (Ottawa), PhD (Tor), Assoc Prof - 2009
  • Parenteau, William M., BA, MA (Maine), PhD (UNB), Prof - 2000
  • Todd, Lisa, BA (UNB), MA (London), PhD (Tor) - Assistant Prof - 2013
  • Tracy, Nicholas, BA, BAHist (Sask), MPhil, PhD (Southampton), Adjunct Prof - 2002
  • Waite, Gary K., BTh (Ont. Bible Coll.), BA, MA, PhD (Wat), Prof - 1987

General Information


  • 1000-level courses
    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 topic, and to develop their skills in critical thinking and effective writing. Please note: 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, as discussed below.

  • 2000-level courses
    All history courses at this level are Foundation Courses, which are the recommended entry point into History for both first- and second-year students who are considering completing a Major, a Minor, or Honours in this discipline. These courses feature weekly discussion groups, which are limited in size and give students the opportunity to develop communication skills and critical thinking. These courses also provide students with experience in analyzing primary sources, assessing different historical interpretations of key problems, and writing research essays. Students planning to minor, major, or double-major in History or to do Honours are required to complete at least 6 ch at this level, and are strongly advised to complete at least 12 ch. Subject to general regulations, these courses may also be taken for credit by students in the upper years of their program. Courses taken at other institutions and presented to satisfy the Foundation course requirement must be approved by the Director of Majors or Honours.

    Note:  The Foundation Course requirement must be met by the completion of a full 6ch concentration in a given field; Canadian, Medieval, Early Modern European, Modern European or American History. Students who complete HIST 2300 (Introduction to Canadian History) automatically meet the requirement. Those who wish to present other fields as their Foundation Course requirement must complete the paired 3 ch Foundation Courses in that field: HIST 2013 and HIST 2014 for Medieval History; HIST 2023 and HIST 2024 for Early Modern European History; HIST 2103 and HIST 2104 for Modern European History; HIST 2403 and HIST 2404 for American History.

  • 3000-level courses
    These courses are suitable for students who have completed at least 60 ch, both Arts and non-Arts students, and for History majors and non-majors.

  • 4000-level courses
    These courses are suitable for students who have completed at least 60 ch, both Arts and non-Arts students, and for History majors and non-majors. Students should normally have completed at least 6 ch in History before enrolling in a 4000-level course. The 4000-level courses employ the tutorial system and may have enrolment restrictions.

  • 5000-level courses
    These courses employ the seminar format and are normally open only to History Honours students, who must register for them in conjunction with 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 from Cognate Disciplines

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 Bronze Age to the Persian War
CLAS 3013 Ancient History: Greece in the Classical Age
CLAS 3033 Ancient History: The Rise of the Romans
CLAS 3043 Ancient History: The Roman Empire
CLAS 3053 The Roman Army
CLAS 3073 Ancient History: Jewish Civilization from the Babylonian Exile to the Great Revolt
CLAS 3463 History of Modern Greece
CLAS 3803 The World of Jesus
CLAS 3813 The Early Church
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

Political Science

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

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. Please 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.

Honours, Majors and Minors

Honours Program

Admission to the Honours Program in History is open to qualified students who have completed 60 ch of courses toward the B.A. 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 as listed below. 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.

Students holding a BA degree with a single or double Major in History may convert that degree to the equivalent of BA Honours by satisfying the Department's requirements for Honours.

  • Single Honours

    Single Honours students normally take 42 ch of upper-level History courses. A minimum of 27 ch of these must be at the 5000-level and must include History 5900 (6 ch). The 5000-level seminars must be chosen from at least two fields of History. Students are encouraged to take 18 ch of courses in other disciplines that complement their studies in History.

  • 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.

Majors Program

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 Majors, Double Majors, 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 only 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 6ch must be in Foundation courses. At least 24ch of History courses must be completed at the 3000- and 4000-level. Pre-1800 course coverage is not required of Double Majors. 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.