History is the study of forces that have shaped today's world based on the analysis and interpretation of physical and written remains. The study of History stimulates students' curiosity and imagination and their empathetic appreciation of humanity, individuals, movements, events and ideas that have shaped time and place. While studying History students: conduct their own research, critically interpret evidence, develop rigorous historical arguments, and communicate clearly and persuasively. Work by Dickson College History students, including exemplary essays, is featured on www.cliojournal.com.

The Humanities faculty offers all History units at both an Accredited and Tertiary level. Assessment of skills and content in History often includes research and in-class essays, oral presentations and document tests. Students can complete a Major or Minor with any combination of Ancient, Medieval & Modern History units.

The following units may be offered:

Semester 1

Semester 2

  • The Land of the Pharaohs
  • The Roman Empire
  • Dragon Lords and Sacred Warriors
  • Blood, Lust & Persecution (Tudor England)
  • Conflict and Issues in the Modern World
  • War in the Modern World

Majors and Minors - Course patterns 

While students can complete a History Major with any combination of units from the History curriculum, the following sequenced strands should be considered.

  • Ancient History
    Ancient Mediterranean & Mesopotamia; The Land of the Pharaohs; The Roman Republic; The Roman Empire
  • Medieval History
    The Dark Ages; Dragon Lords and Sacred Warriors; The Renaissance; Blood, Lust & Persecution (Tudor England)  
  • Modern History
    Students with a special interest in Modern History should choose four of the following over their time in College: Revolutions in the Modern World; Struggles for Independence; International Relations Since 1945; The Modern Middle East; Germany: Republic to Reich; Conflicts and Issues in the Modern World; War in the Modern World.