Major in History

A Major in History requires the three core courses: Hist 1000, 2000, and 3000 as well as Hist 3750 and 4650 (or their equivalent).  A minimum of 21 credit hours must be taken at the upper-level (3000 or 4000), and must include one seminar course. A grade of C or better in each course of this discipline is required for the major. If the mark is lower the course can still count toward the total credit hours, but not the major. NOTE: The thesis (Hist 4080 and 4082) may only count as three credit hours toward the requirements for the upper-level electives.

Minor in History

A minor in History requires the core courses: Hist1000, 2000, and 3000 or their equivalent, plus an additional 15 credit hours in history, of which 12 credit hours must be at the upper level. A grade of C or better in each course of this discipline is required for the minor. If the mark is lower the course can still count toward the total credit hours, but not the minor.


Hist 1000 Ancient Greece and Rome

Through presentations, readings and tutorial discussions, students will come to understand and appreciate some of the major factors and events that shaped the experience of the Greeks, the Romans and the cultures of the early Medieval world.

Hist 2000 Later Medieval and Early Modern Europe

Introduces formative themes in European history and culture, including the spread of Christianity, the rise of Islam, Charlemagne, the Crusades, Feudalism, the growth of towns and cities, the Reformation/Counter-Reformation, the growth of nation-states, the Scientific Revolution, the Enlightenment and the French Revolution.

Hist 3000 The Modern Age

Studies crucial events, issues and personalities in the recent history of the West. Major topics include the impact of the Industrial and Technological Revolutions, the World Wars and the economic and cultural impact of globalization. The turmoil and turbulence from the past two centuries will be seen against the backdrop of two millennia of Western history.


Hist 3750 The Nature of History

This course evaluates different kinds of primary and secondary evidence, makes judgments about historical causation, examines conflicting historical interpretations, and explores themes in historiography as well as practical and theoretical issues tied to investigating selected areas of History.  This will involve creative projects within the community, incorporating research facilities and historic sites/places, to gain hands on experience with historic research. This course prepares students for advanced studies in the discipline of History.

Hist 4650 Public and Material History: Themes & Methods

The course will examine selected historical themes primarily through artifacts and architecture, employing material history research strategies. Through lectures, seminar discussions, and field trips, students will be guided through various case studies in emerging field of public history.  This course will include an interactive trip to Kings Landing Historical Settlement, as well as several day trips to explore museums and historical sites, in order to gain various perspectives on public history.


Hist 2501 the Emergence of Southeast Asia

Provides a survey of the traditional societies and ancient empires of the region, including patterns of migration and trade. Then focuses on the impact of the colonial period, and Southeast Asia’s various paths to independence, modernization and resurgence in the decades following World War II.

Hist 3301 Transforming Moments in Western Worldview & Art (15th–20th C.)

This course explores several of the key worldview shifts in Western Europe especially as demonstrated and reflected in art pieces and architecture. Students will examine the causes, development and outcomes of these shifts as well as the values and limits of categorizing art.

HIST 3320 Historical Fiction

(Cross-listed as Eng 3320) This course will be offered to those who will not be taking English 472.  Meant to be exclusively a study of literature, it will grapple with questions such as: What is the historical/public history in which this novel or story is set and how do various characters experience this event/era?  Can we talk about historical truth and imaginative truth?  What is the relationship between public history and personal history?  How does historical fiction written through a modernist lens differ  from fiction written through a postmodernist lens?  While a number of novels will be based on Acadian and Loyalist history in the Maritime region, the readings will also be set in other histories.

Hist 3410 Colonial North America

Explores the colonizing of North America by Spain, France, England and other nations, beginning with the voyages of Christopher Columbus and including the European background to the age of New World exploration. Examines key social, cultural, religious, political, economic, military and geographical influences that have come together to shape the North American experience.

Hist 3420 Themes in the History of Atlantic Canada

Introduces students to the history of Atlantic Canada through the study of the region’s artifacts and architecture. Students consider actual artifact examples as case studies. Lectures, class discussions and field trips will survey themes in the economic, political, social and cultural history of the region.

Hist 3430 Selected Topics in Canadian History

Selected topics include aboriginal perspectives, cultural landscapes, colonial exploration, immigration, architecture and material culture, religion, reform movements, French and English Canada, Confederation, regional identities and the Idea of Canada. Students will have an opportunity to develop a research paper and submit it for publication.

HIST 3460 Alternative Perspectives on American History

This course strives to explore topics from the viewpoint of those less represented in traditional history narratives.  A highlight component of this class will be a guest lecture series by Dr. David Moore.

Hist 3511 European Empires and Nations

Examines the lives of prominent individuals in relation to the political, economic and cultural themes that characterize the Western European experience over the past 2,500 years. Ideas, motives, values, customs, circumstances, institutions, actions and personal possessions of individuals are considered in the context of their place and time.

Hist 3491 Introduction to the European Union

Introduces the European union, its history, present circumstances, significance, and future directions. Investigates similarities and differences between the political structures of individual nations that make up the EU and explores the perceptions of Europeans regarding their political institutions.

Hist 3601 Studies in European Material Culture

Concentrating on artifacts, architecture and cultural landscapes over the past 2000 years, this course will be facilitated through lectures, group discussions, and applied research at selected museums, galleries and historic sites in Europe. The course will focus on both theoretical and hands-on interpretation of material history, considering furniture and other decorative arts, sculpture, weapons, household goods, clothing, textiles, ecclesiastical objects, built heritage and related expressions of cultural history.

Hist 3610 In the Footsteps of the Saints

(Cross-listed as RS 3610 and and CS 3610) This course consists of an historical survey of the lives of Catholic saints, in the context of their personal journeys and cultural circumstances.  The stories of these men and women will be studied and discussed against the backdrop of the historical eras in which they lived, and the struggles of Christians to live authentically and faithfully in their time.

Hist 3810 Intentional Community in North America

Examines the rich history of intentional community in North America and explores the religious, economic, cultural and utopian roots involved in the development of these communities. The course will examine modern trends in the development of intentional community that centre around such issues as sustainability, justice, co-operation and spirituality.

Hist 3811 Responses to Religious Difference, Past and Present

As a cross‐listed History and Religious Studies course, this course is concerned with facts, ideas, history, theology and philosophy, and with trying to understand the past while assessing the present in order to be prepared for the future. The course title is intentionally broad so as to encompass these different threads, and so that the themes of the course can be connected with relevant sites visited during our Europe travel program.

Hist 3812 Historical themes in Religion and Culture (“Monks, Martyrs and Mystics”)

This course surveys some of the most important writers in the history of the Christian church, helping students to gain understanding of challenges and perspectives from various times and places. Sources include Apostolic Fathers, Athanasius, Augustine, Benedict, Gregory the Great, Bernard of Clairvaux, Francis of Assisi, Thomas à Kempis, Luther, Calvin, Theresa of Avila, Thérèse de Lisieux, Bonhoeffer and C. S. Lewis.

HIST 3872 Resilience and Resistance (Women's Studies) Cross-listed with IS 3872

This an upper level interdisciplinary seminar course that will explore women’s realities through a general framework of resilience and resistance. This course will weave together insights and perspectives from history, literature, international studies, sociology and psychology (at least). We will identify and explore themes that emerge as we gather together, listening to thoughts, feelings, experiences, and research of the facilitators and other participants. Expect to be inspired, challenged and perhaps confounded.

Hist 4080 Reading and Research

First term exploring the possibility of a history thesis. Requires an approved thesis proposal, completed chapter, detailed outline and annotated bibliography.

Hist 4082 Baccalaureate Thesis

Following successful completion of Hist 4080, a student may use the research to write a thesis of at least 15,000 words (exclusive of footnotes and bibliography). The thesis should demonstrate thoughtful appraisal and the ability to present a scholarly argument, and should reflect the ethos of SSU in a substantial way. At the conclusion of the term, students will be required to make oral presentations based on their theses.

Hist 4084 Senior Research Project

A single term, guided research project in history involving the completion of an essay of 5-7000 words or equivalent.

Hist 4210 The Celts

Examines the pan-European background of Celtic peoples, and especially their experience in early medieval Ireland, Scotland, Wales, England and France. Ancient and modern sources will be used to investigate the political, social, economic, cultural, linguistic and material history of the Celts, as expressed in oral and written language, art, sculpture, architecture, craft and music.

Hist 4593 Celtic History in Scotland

The Scots have made significant contributions to the Western World through literature, the arts, education, science, commerce, politics, and religion. More than a nationality, to be a Celt is to be shaped profoundly by a sense of place and to be inspired by a distinctive historical narrative. This course will be explore selected perspectives informed by the discipline of history, including various approaches to experiential learning throughout Ireland or Scotland.

HIST 4650 Public and Material History: Themes & Methods

The course will examine selected historical themes primarily through artifacts and architecture, employing material history strategies.  Through lectures, seminar discussions, and field trips, students will be guided through various case studies in the emerging field of public history. This course will include several day trips to explore museums and historical sites, in order to gain various perspectives on public history.

Hist 4830 The Shape of Artifacts, The Shape of Stories in 19th c Loyalist Tradition: Reading and Writing Historical Fiction.

(Cross-listed as Eng 4830) This course will be taught in tandem with HIST 472. As students study the artifacts of those who settled New Brunswick, they will be reading historical fiction focused on the Loyalist and Acadian experience. While they trace the properties of their chosen artifact (a piece of clothing, furniture, musical instrument, diary, etc.) for its historical nuances, they will also, through creative writing exercises, begin to imagine the experience of a character.