How does grappling with history change the present and the future?
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
The Laurentian Leadership Program provides students with an opportunity to live and study in Ottawa while taking advantage of unique internship opportunities and courses on governmental leadership, public affairs and ethics, and Canadian cultural change.
works as a professor of history at Binghamton University teaching Russian, eastern European and Eurasian history.
worked as a policy analyst at the Ministry of Indigenous Affairs and Northern Development, preparing the way for others in Indigenous education.
As an undergraduate, Dr. Heather DeHaan ’96 took a history class that shaped her education and led her on a journey into foreign lands.
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.
Historian Dr. Heath W. Carter, the 2018 Emerging Public Intellectual Award winner, specializes in the church's role in addressing inequality in America.
As academia's intellectual fashions shift from decade to decade, Christian universities stand out.
Alumnus James Buck's fascination with history and love for his country have fuelled his desire to become an officer in the Canadian military.
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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This course will focus on the rise, development, and interaction of the major civilizations of the Americas, Africa, and Asia from the Neolithic era to modern times, and their experience of the rise of European colonialism and increasing global contact through to the beginning of the twentieth century. Themes covered include global trade patterns, the diffusion of world religions, the emergence of empires, the power of culture, and globalization.
This course introduces the major events of the twentieth century, with an emphasis on global trends and the global dimensions of international conflicts and cooperation. Topics include World War I; the rise of dictators; World War II; the Cold War; decolonization and the emergence of the ‘Third World’; cultural revolutions of the 1960s and 1970s; trade, development, and terrorism; and the global resurgence of religion.
A study of the Greek, Hellenistic, and Roman civilizations of classical antiquity, focusing on the development of each civilization and its influence on subsequent Western history.
Beginning with the era of pre-history and proceeding through Greek, Roman, Christian
and non-Western art, the course concludes with the Neo-Classical period. Emphasis
is placed on the understanding of the visual arts within their philosophical, theoretical,
historical, and cultural context.
The course traces artistic expression from romanticism to modernism, post-modernism
and contemporary art. Emphasis is placed on the understanding of the visual arts as
expressions of their philosophical, theoretical, historical, and cultural context.
An introduction to the central myths and stories that have shaped the literary and
cultural imaginations of the Western world. Readings will engage paradigmatic
narratives from Greek and Roman mythology.
A study of the Christian Church from the first century through the Middle Ages, focusing on the development of doctrine and ecclesiastical institutions.
A study of the Christian Church from the Reformation to the present, focusing on doctrinal development and divergence, the division of Western Christendom, the impact of the Enlightenment, and ecumenical initiatives.
A survey of the history of Canada from the earliest times until the conclusion of the colonial period. Special emphasis is placed on the experiences of Indigenous peoples and the development of the religious and political characteristics of colonial societies amidst the challenges of the physical environment.
An overview of Canadian history from 1867 to the early 21st century, covering political, religious, economic, and social developments. Topics include Confederation and nation building, westward expansion and resistance, the experiences of Indigenous peoples, the changing role of Christianity, relations between French and English-Canadians, the World Wars and Great Depression, social and political change after 1945, and Canada’s changing relationship with the world.
A survey of American history from the colonial period to the present. Special emphasis will be given to the colonies as transplanted European societies, their transformation into a nation through revolution and constitution-building, the crisis of the Civil War, and the development of the United States into a modern urban-industrial democracy and 20th-century global power.
An examination of the social, political, and intellectual history of Europe from the late Middle Ages to the revolutionary era. Topics will include the origin and nature of the Reformation, the wars of religion, European overseas expansion, the Enlightenment, and the French Revolution as the course explores the development of European states in the larger world.
This course introduces the first millennium of Islamic history, from the time of Muhammad to the height of the Ottoman and Mughal empires. Geographically stretching from Spain in the west to Java in the east, and from Zanzibar in the south to Tashkent in the north, Islamic civilization in this period encompassed a vast zone of cultural exchange. Themes include the origins & development of Islam; emergence of Islamic philosophy, science & art; rise & fall of Islamic states; shifts in socio-economic patterns; and regional differences.
Developing more or less parallel to the history course on Asian philosophy, Ancient Philosophy traces the beginnings of Western philosophy, focusing largely on ancient Greece and Rome. Particular emphasis will be on reading the entirety of what are sometimes known as “The Twin Pillars of Oxford University”– Plato’s Republic and Aristotle’s Ethics–though attention will also be given to major works in the Epicurean and Stoic traditions.
This course explores the development of Western philosophy in two phases. The first phase takes us from the collapse of the Roman Empire and St. Augustine through to the development of the medieval university and Thomas Aquinas. The second phase explores key thinkers coming out of the “three Rs” – the Renaissance, Reformation, and Scientific Revolution – focusing especially on Machiavelli, Hobbes, Descartes, and Locke.
The Enlightenment or ‘Age of Reason’ witnessed the rebirth of a radical new form of skepticism that started with Descartes. In this course, the ramifications of this skepticism are traced through the early atheism of Rousseau and agnosticism of Hume up to the crucial faith-reason divide of Kant. The subsequent post-Kantian explosion of atheism in both continental philosophy (Nietzsche, Heidegger, Foucault, Derrida) and analytical philosophy (Russell, Flew, Dennett) will be explored, concluding with some responses by contemporary Christian philosophers.
A treatment of selected topics relating to historical consciousness and the nature of historical knowledge. Both classical and contemporary positions on historical explanations will be considered.
This course explores the origins of the contemporary discipline of history, how it functions in its academic context, and the ideological currents more influential in the discipline today. Beginning with Augustine’s City of God, students will engage with Christian reflections on theoretical questions in the study of history and bring them into conversation with other important contemporary schools of thought, with the goal of developing their own mature Christian perspective on the nature and meaning of history.
This course provides a broad introduction to great political theory in the Western tradition, with special emphasis on the history of Christian political thought. It will address perennial questions addressed by both Christian and non-Christian political thinkers, such as: What is justice? What is the foundation of political authority? What is the proper relationship of church and state? These questions will be approached more normatively (asking how societies ought to answer them) than descriptively (observing how they have answered them).
A thematic and comparative course examining the history of the totalitarian political movements of the 20th century and their worldwide impact. The course focuses on four main areas: international fascism and Nazism; communism, both Western and non-Western; totalitarianism’s effects on the nontotalitarian world; and resistance to totalitarianism. Throughout the course, attention will be given to the religious nature of
totalitarian systems and their historical conflict with other religious commitments, especially those of Christianity.
A history of the shifting memory of the Vietnam War in American culture from the late 1970s to the early 2000s. Special focus will be given to the transformation of the popular memory of the Vietnam War as influenced by, and evidenced in, film-media
representations of the war over time. The course also addresses the international context of the war, popular understandings of Vietnam in the late 1960s, and the treatment of Vietnam veterans in American society in postwar period.
This course provides an overview of the history of Europe from the breakdown of the western Roman empire to the Renaissance, covering religious, intellectual, artistic, political, and social developments.
This course traces the rise of England from the periphery of power in Europe at the outset of the sixteenth century during the reign of the first Tudor monarch, Henry VII, to a position of increasing might and opulence after the Glorious Revolution of 1688–89 and the death of the final Stuart monarch, Queen Anne in 1714. Students will spend time considering the political, social, cultural, and religious transformations of England during this period, and seek to understand when, how, and why England became a modern nation-state.
An investigation of the turbulent history of the German lands from the rise of Brandenburg-Prussia to the reunification of West and East Germany, with a focus on political and cultural developments. Course topics include Frederick the Great, the rise to power of the Second Reich and its role in World War I, Hitler and Nazi Germany,
the Cold War, and Germany’s place in postwar Europe.
This course provides students with a basic understanding of the broad outline of African history, explores some of the challenges specific to writing the history of Africa, and acquaints them with some of the available primary sources. Topics include the social structure of African societies, the development of the Atlantic Slave Trade, the impact of European contact, the spread of Islam and Christianity, the rise of nationalism, and post-independence developments.
This course explores the historical transformations that have led to the development of modern China. Topics include the rise of the Qing dynasty, contact with Western powers, the rebellions and revolutions that led to the fall of the Qing, the emergence
of Chinese nationalism, war with Japan, the rise of nationalist communism, Mao’s “Cultural Revolution,” the development of state-sponsored capitalism, and the role of China in globalization.
A survey of Middle Eastern history since the 18th century, with a focus on factors contributing to the state of affairs in the Middle East today. Topics include the late Ottoman Empire, the impact of Western imperialism, Arab nationalism, Zionism and the creation of the state of Israel, the Iranian revolution, conflicts in Iraq, the origins of terrorism, and recent developments in the region.
A study of the Medieval, Renaissance, and early Baroque periods in Western musical history, c.700–1700, focusing on representative composers, their works and their respective cultural contexts.
Continuation of MUS-310 with a study of the late Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and contemporary eras in Western musical history, c. 1700–1950.
The internship course is designed to allow senior students majoring in history the opportunity to apply their skills and knowledge of the discipline in an occupational setting. Internships are completed in a variety of organizations and students are
required to observe and participate in a job-related capacity under supervision. See page 52 for information on internships.
An honours seminar exploring the patristic legacy in the Church, including reading a significant recent monograph on patristic thought and then turning to selected writings of some of the major church fathers. Specific readings vary from year to year. Students
will prepare a paper on one of the church fathers, drawing on what is known of his biography and historical setting to examine one of his writings.
An honours seminar offering advanced examination of selected topics in the history of Christianity in the modern world. Specific topics vary by year but may include the development of evangelicalism, modern missionary movements, the rise and decline of religious liberalism, secularization in Western societies, and the growth of Christianity in the non-Western world.
This course analyzes the history of American foreign relations from the colonial period through the twentieth century. Discussion centers on images, memory, race, religion, militarism, economic interests, national security, and corporate globalization as they
shape the U.S. approach to the world, and the U.S. experience with the world. Students will also be challenged to think about and discuss the role of Christianity and Christians in foreign policy construction and decision-making.
An honours seminar focusing on selected episodes, eras, and themes in the interaction between Islamic and non-Islamic societies and cultures, including encounters with Western cultures and societies. Topics vary by term but may range from the medieval era to the present.
A study of the role of culture in the conflicts which have troubled Africa in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Students will meet in a seminar format to be introduced to the secondary literature and to present the results of their individual research on topics chosen in consultation with the instructor.
A one-term undergraduate student research project, culminating in a substantial argumentative research essay. Students will propose a topic for approval, conduct a review of the existing secondary literature, undertake further primary and/or secondary
research, publicly present their findings, and submit a final essay. For more information on setting up a senior research project see page 52 of the Academic Calendar.
The History program does not have program-specific admission requirements.
Applicants from Ontario will be considered for general undergraduate admission based on the following requirements: