Department of History




Studying history prepares us to be critical and analytic thinkers, skilled writers, exceptional researchers, and informed citizens. Some of our students go on to graduate schools and become historians themselves, but many others pursue careers that demand these fundamental skills. Graduates of history programs work in museums, in libraries and archives, in government, as journalists and as lawyers, and in business, to name a few. Learn about some of the career paths taken by St. FX grads in the testimonials below.
 
Whether taking a few history courses or majoring in the field, here are the features that make St. FX an outstanding place to study history:

 

Top 3 Reasons to Study History at St. FX
 

Students touring the St. FX rare book room with Dr. Donna Trembinski (at far left).

1.   Student-centred courses taught by distinguished faculty.
 
The St. FX history department has a distinguished research record. Whether it’s examining archival sources or collecting oral histories, faculty travel around the world to explore the past and their work is published widely. Their expertise is featured in courses that are engaging, analytical, and student-centred. Read more about the Faculty. 
 

Paul Robeson, baritone, sings to lift morale of shipyard workers in California during WWII. (Credit: US National Archives [Public domain]).

2.  Wide range of fascinating courses
 
Interested in history from a global perspective? Perhaps you’d like to learn more about the Middle Ages, the British Empire, Latin America, Imperial Russia, or North America? St FX history offers this – and much, much more. Courses cover a range of geographic areas and time periods. See the complete Course Listing.

Students participate in seminar Contextualizing Ferguson, in Fall 2014.

3.  Extracurricular activity
 
The St. FX history department is a vibrant and stimulating place to study. The department’s “Contextualizing…” series, for example, features fascinating discussions of the historical contexts of current events. [The Killick], a journal featuring the work of St. FX undergrads, showcases high-quality student papers and gives students the chance to learn the ins and outs of academic publishing. Read about these opportunities and more in News & Events.
 

For more information on programs and options, please visit the Programs page.
 


I graduated from St. FX with his Bachelor of Arts with high honours in History in 2010. I went on to complete a Master’s in History at the University of Calgary, where I specialized in international relations and secret intelligence. At the moment I am considering undertaking my PhD at either the International Relations at the London School of Economics and War Studies at King's College London. I am appreciative of the tremendous support I’ve received from the St. FX History Department over the years toward my academic and professional successes.
- Matt Hefler, St. FX, Class of 2010
 
 
I decided to attend X after applying to schools all over the Maritimes, and when I visited it immediately felt like home. … The history program at X allows students to explore all different facets of world history, and with small class sizes and excellent professors, students who work hard are bound to succeed. Students are left with countless useful skills and lifelong connections. If you are interested in the program, I highly suggest it.
- Elizabeth Gunsinger, St. FX, Class of 2013
 
 
I am currently completing the last few months of the Master of Public Administration Program at Dalhousie University… This past summer I completed a placement as a Junior Analyst with the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration, in the Strategic Policy and External Relations Branch. The basic research and analysis skills I developed at X have been absolutely essential in the projects I have worked on during my Master's. I owe much of current success to everything I learned back at StFX.
- Andrew Bucci, St. FX, Class of 2013.
 
 
I am now completing a Masters of Public Policy at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin. In addition, I have completed internships at KPMG and Germany Trade & Invest where I focused mainly on health care advisory, outsourcing and Public Relations. Currently, I am doing Corporate Communications and Public Affairs at APCO Worldwide. History introduced me to the notion of policy making and the volatile relationship between government and business. My background has proven valuable at Hertie and the companies where I have worked.
- Sophia Cote, St. FX, Class of 2011.