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The study of History covers an inexhaustible range of topics, from the history of aboriginal societies, conquistadors, ethnicity, fascism, labour, psychiatry, patterns of settlement and migration, politics, the Renaissance, revolution, to rock 'n' roll, slavery, superstition, trade unions, women studies, and more. We are all products of our history: familial, ethnic and national. Understanding our heritage sheds important light on our current situations and helps to chart future courses.

In studying History one develops strong communication skills, both written and oral, which are relevant to a great variety of careers. With emphasis on how to analyze issues, read critically, do productive research, delineate a case, and present evidence in support of the case, studying History equips one with both the skills and knowledge for an ever-changing workplace and society.

History provides a context, a background, and a perspective for a wide range of interesting careers: journalist, media researcher, librarian, archivist, government historian, museum researcher, editorial assistant, bank manager, community or social worker, lawyer, high school teacher or university professor. As well, History and politics have traditionally been closely connected. While many politicians have been lawyers first, others, such as former Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson, have entered politics and government service from an academic background in history and teaching.