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History Department

Are you intrigued by the rise and fall of empires? Do you have a thirst for knowledge about the events that have shaped our world? Learning about history offers us insight into times past and how they shaped our future.

Studying history helps us make sense of today’s world. Through learning about our past, we gain a better understanding of our present, and realize possibilities for tomorrow. These critical thinking skills are essential in a rapidly changing society.

The study of history involves imagination, flexibility, a sense of realism, curiosity about people and their experience, and an intense love of a good story.

History helps us understand how and why change happens. Armed with this understanding of the past, we become curious, informed, active citizens of the world.

Why study history at CapU?

We offer a range of lower- and upper-level courses related to a variety of locations, time periods and topics.  Our department is passionate about teaching and learning, with small class sizes and a welcoming atmosphere.

You’ll learn how to think critically, read carefully, analyze and argue judiciously, and write and speak effectively. These skills and sensibilities are useful for nearly all aspects of modern life – and are highly valued in many occupations.

Career paths for students of history

History students go on to careers in a wide spectrum of fields. This includes everything from education and business to law, politics, the military and public service. Others pursue journalism, advocacy and activism, administration and management, or library and museum work.

Related programs

History courses can be applied to many CapU programs, including:  

 

History courses

Each of our courses is completed in one semester, allowing students to sample many different areas. Prerequisites are not necessary for lower-level (100- and 200-level) history courses. Most of our courses are transferrable to other BC universities and colleges. Please consult the BC Transfer Guide for details.

Do you want to be a teacher?

If you plan to teach history in BC at the secondary level, you’ll need to complete your BA with a major in history, according to the requirements of the university you attend. 

If you plan to teach at the elementary level, the requirements also vary by institution. 

Student resources 

Here are a few links to historical locations and resources throughout Metro Vancouver.

 

Dale Montgomery
Instructor, History
School of Humanities
History
Faculty of Arts and Sciences

604 986 1911 ext. 3450
Fir Building, room FR404
dalemontgomery@capilanou.ca
Denis Dubord BA, MA, PhD
Instructor, History
School of Humanities
History
Faculty of Arts and Sciences

604 986 1911 ext. 2479
Fir Building, room FR404
ddubord@capilanou.ca
Derek Murray BA (Hons), MA, PhD
Instructor, History
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
School of Humanities
History

604 986 1911 ext. 3023
Fir Building, room FR404
derekmurray2@capilanou.ca
Nanci Lucas
History Coordinator, Instructor
School of Humanities
History
Faculty of Arts and Sciences

604 986 1911 ext. 3673
Fir Building, room FR404
nlucas@capilanou.ca
Patricia Tatum
Divisional Supervisor
School of Humanities
School of Humanities - Art History
School of Humanities - Chinese
School of Humanities - English
School of Humanities - French
School of Humanities - History
School of Humanities - Japanese
School of Humanities - Language Resource Centre
School of Humanities - Linguistics
School of Humanities - Philosophy
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
School of Humanities - Spanish
School of Humanities - Writing Centre

604 984 1713 ext. 1713
Fir Building, room FR404
ptatum@capilanou.ca
Sandra Bishop
DDA 1, Humanities
School of Humanities
History
School of Humanities - Art History
School of Humanities - Language Resource Centre
School of Humanities - Japanese
School of Humanities - Linguistics
School of Humanities - Philosophy
School of Humanities - Spanish
School of Humanities - Writing Centre
School of Humanities - Chinese
School of Humanities - English
School of Humanities - French

604 986 1911 ext. 7151
Fir Building, room FR404
sbishop@capilanou.ca

Contact

Have questions about this department?

History Department


604 984 4957
Fir Building, room FR404
humanities@capilanou.ca

Student Information Services


604 984 4900
604 984 1798 (fax)
Birch Building, room BR230
registration@capilanou.ca