History

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 within the History, Politics, & International Studies Department. 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.

Focusing on the rise, development and interaction of major civilizations, first-year courses focus on the diffusion of world religions, the power of culture, globalization, global trends and the breadth of international conflicts and cooperation. This broad survey prepares students to later dive into specific areas through the lens of a biblical worldview, ready to approach a wide range of topics, questions, and problems.

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.

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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

The History Learning Community actively gathers to discuss trending topics in world news, as well as arranging extra-curricular trips and excursions to museums and historically significant sites.

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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 have gone on to careers as...

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

Alumni have done 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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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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Anchored in the Word

As academia's intellectual fashions shift from decade to decade, Christian universities stand out.

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Serving Christ in the Canadian Military

Alumnus James Buck's fascination with history and love for his country have fuelled his desire to become an officer in the Canadian military.

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The Story of the Secularization of the West

Outside Western Europe and North America, the world seems to be getting more religious, not less. What if secularization is not the inevitable future of religion in all...

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Rethinking Religion

Dr. Kevin Flatt aims to change how we understand the history of secularization.

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Digitizing History

Students contribute to making history accessible on the web

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Loving Mercy

Teaching in Indigenous communities

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