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How does grappling with history change the present and the future?

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History helps us make sense of today’s headlines, from conflict in the Middle East to the challenges facing the Christian church in Western society. But history also helps us step outside our own time and learn from another, as we immerse ourselves in ancient Rome, medieval England, or the totalitarian struggles of the early twentieth century. Redeemer's History program studies history from a perspective rooted in unchanging biblical truth and ancient Christian wisdom.

History is a Bachelor of Arts degree program. It is offered as an honours major, major and as a minor.

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Right from the start, small class sizes allow for meaningful class discussion, led by professors who are actively researching in the field and excited to include students in their work.

First-year courses lay a broad foundation in the origins and development of major world civilizations, culminating in the world wars and increasing global interconnectedness of the twentieth century. Upper-level courses tackle specific topics in European, Middle Eastern, North American, African, Chinese history, as well as themes like law and totalitarian regimes. Our program prepares students to pursue professional careers as teachers, lawyers, public servants and more, as well as to contribute to their communities as informed citizens and church members.

History The Core

The Core Curriculum is a set of 10 courses that every student takes. The courses are woven through every major and gets you to think deeply and broadly about what you’re studying. Think about it this way…

  • Lawyers have a deeper sense of compassion when they ground themselves in the narrative of Scripture.
  • Historians are more persuasive when they understand the dominant philosophical concepts in culture.
  • Teachers can communicate with poignancy when they understand the psyche of their audience.

See how the Core fits into your degree



In the Classroom

Courses like A World at War: The Turbulent Twentieth Century and Canadian History: Pre-Confederation are both broad and deep in the topics they cover, preparing you to make informed contributions wherever you are called. Seminar-style classes give opportunity for class discussions, mentorship and interaction with skilled professors, and engaging in challenging conversations regarding faith and history, like in the Christianity in the Modern World course.

Beyond the Classroom

Students have the opportunity to participate in one History internship where they can get real-world experience in schools, museums or right here on campus archiving historical records. See how one of our students used what she is learning in the history program in her on-campus internship.

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After Redeemer

Alumni of Redeemer’s history program are making a positive impact in our society and in our communities.

Dr. Heather DeHaan '96

works as a professor of history at Binghamton University teaching Russian, eastern European and Eurasian history.

Phoebe Mitton '10

worked as a policy analyst at the Ministry of Indigenous Affairs and Northern Development, preparing the way for others in Indigenous education.

Alumni can go on
to careers as...

  • Policy analysts
  • Heritage planners
  • Human rights officers
  • Lawyers
  • Museum curators
  • Politicians
  • Public service officers

Alumni can do further studies to earn...

  • Bachelor of Education (BEd)
  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB)
  • MA in History
  • Master of Global Affairs
  • Master of Library Science (MLIS)

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History Stories

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Digging into Reformed Roots

Redeemer faculty took a deep dive into the university’s Reformed tradition, including Neo-Calvinism, and how it applies to teaching and research at the annual faculty...

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Where is Jesus?

Dr. KJ Drake set out to explore the historical debate of the nature of Jesus in his recently published book.

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History with Intention

The history program offers students a unique balance of strategic courses.

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Preserving a Rich Legacy

Third-year history student Karilyn Van Brugge spent the summer of 2021 exploring and maintaining Redeemer’s history.

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Black History and the God of Redemption

Redeemer’s faculty and students explore issues of race and representation through the curriculum this term.

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Dr. Michael Haykin Appointed Visiting Professor of History

Dr. Michael Haykin, professor of church history and biblical spirituality and director of the Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies at the Southern Baptist...

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Seeing Cultures through New Lenses

As an undergraduate, Dr. Heather DeHaan ’96 took a history class that shaped her education and led her on a journey into foreign lands.

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Preparing for the Public Square

Honours history and political science major Joshua Hautala is bringing his Christian faith to the public square as he works towards a career in politics and law.

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A Just World

Historian Dr. Heath W. Carter, the 2018 Emerging Public Intellectual Award winner, specializes in the church's role in addressing inequality in America.

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