Welcome to the Department of History

The Department of History at the University of Regina is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Donica Belisle as Assistant Professor in Canadian History with a specialization in women's andfaculty pic gender history. Dr. Belisle was previously Assistant Professor of Women's and Gender Studies at Athabasca University. She completed her undergraduate studies at Brandon University and graduate work at Queen's University and Trent University. After receiving her doctorate in Canadian Studies from Trent, she won a two-year SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Institute for Gender, Race Sexuality, and Social Justice at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC. She is one of Canada's most innovative and published new historians with articles in such leading journals as the Canadian Historical Review and Histoire Sociale/Social History. Her first book, Retail Nation: Department Stores and the Making of Modern Canada, was published by UBC Press in 2011, and a second book, Citizen Consumers: Canadian Feminists and Consumer Culture, is forthcoming from the University of Toronto Press. She has taught in women's and gender studies as well as various departments of history across Canada. Dr. Belisle will take up her appointment at the University of Regina in 1 July 2015 and has begun work on her third book. For more information, please see http://donicabelisle.com/

Faculty and Student's of History Photo

History courses at the University of Regina introduce students to the breadth and depth of the human experience. Through the comparative study of past and contemporary societies and cultures, they develop students’ ability to conduct research, analyze and assess evidence, and articulate sound conclusions. In addition to being of interest and value in their own right, history courses are therefore an excellent training ground for careers in law, business, education, social work, justice studies, journalism, and various other areas. Employers appreciate the abilities that the study of history imparts, such as:

  • effective communication both in speech and writing
  • critical thinking
  • problem solving and analytical skills
  • mastery of a body of knowledge
Our expectation is that when you complete a history course you will not only acquire valuable knowledge, but will also have made progress toward gaining the intellectual capabilities and skill sets that are of high value to employers across many sectors of society.
The study of history involves the use of a wide array of sources and methodologies to effect a critical interpretation of the past. Once preoccupied with politics and ideas, historians have broadened the scope of their enquiry to consider economic and social history, as well as the history of culture and collective mentalities. Their efforts of historical reconstruction are useful for the knowledge they provide concerning the origin and nature of contemporary institutions and societies, in addition to the insights they provide into the range of human experience and behaviour. The student of history will be introduced to historical sources and methods, as well as to some of the essential problems of historical interpretation.