What is History?

History is the study of the human past. Historians analyze the causes and consequences of change over time and seek to expand our knowledge of our own current experiences through a deeper understanding of the past.

Why Study History?

Home to award-winning faculty and cutting-edge researchers, the History program offers students:

What’s New in the Department for 2016-17?

A WIDE range of courses are available for the upcoming year. 

  • The end of the Roman Empire (HIST 2701) with Scott Moir
  • A “history of history” (HIST 3115) taught by David Mullan
  • “Tourism: A History” (HIST 1701) with Don Nerbas
  • “History Goes to the Movies” (HIST 2116) with Andrew Parnaby and “Stories We Tell” (HIST 1105) with Lachlan MacKinnon
  • A history of World War One by distance with Brian Tennyson
  • Racial segregation in Canada and the United States (HIST 4703) taught by Graham Reynolds

INTERNSHIPS are available with the Beaton Institute and Art Gallery for the fall 2016. Click the “Internship” tab on the right of the screen for more details.

THE 18th ANNUAL J.B. MCLACHLAN MEMORIAL LECTURE will take place at 7:30pm on 24 November 2016 at the Lyceum in downtown Sydney.  Our guest is Dr. Suzanne Morton from McGill University. Her title is: “From ‘Observer’ to Social Worker: The Cape Breton Career of Jane B. Wisdom.”  This year’s McLachlan talk is being held in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the Old Sydney Society.

Connect with us!


Scott Moir
Associate Professor, History

Office: CC217

Phone: 902.563.1673

Andrew Parnaby
Associate Professor, History / Dept. Chair, Cultural & Creative Studies (Faculty Affairs)

Office: CE256

Phone: 902.563.1286

Don Nerbas
Assistant Professor, History

Office: CE247

Phone: 563-1894

Brian Tennyson
Professor Emeritus

Phone: 902-543-7909

Graham Reynolds
Professor Emeritus

Office: CE-250

Phone: 902.563.1145