Department of History

Xavier Hall

Welcome to the History Department of St. Francis Xavier University!

The study of history provides not only knowledge of the past but a better understanding of the present. This is particularly important in a world characterized by rapid change. Without a knowledge of history, we lose a major component of the tools to comprehend who we are and what it means to be human.

"All wisdom is not new wisdom, and the past should be studied if the future is to be successfully encountered." — Winston Churchill

History became a separate Department at St.F.X. University in the early 1900s, the subject previously being taught as an adjunct of literature and other humanities subjects. Today, a department of ten members offers a wide range of courses, from introductory Western Civilization to advanced courses in the history of Canada, Europe, Russia, and the United States. Students may choose major, advanced major, or honours degrees in the subject. They are also free to take one or more courses from the department as electives while pursuing degrees in other disciplines. The university library maintains an excellent collection of reference materials, books, periodicals, and primary documentation, in many areas of history, which allows for sophisticated work on assignments, term essays, or advanced major and honours senior thesis.

Through the years, department members have been active in scholarly research, producing numerous books and articles. They strive to make their research and other aspects of their professional development directly useful to students.