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Message from the Chair

Welcome to the web page of the Department of History at Vancouver Island University. We are a dynamic department of dedicated teachers and scholars. Like other VIU departments, we take great pride in our small class sizes, individual student mentoring, and commitment to student success. If you love to learn, but are tired of being just a number in a large, over-crowded classroom, then you have come to the right place.

Our program has something for everyone. We offer an exciting variety of introductory and advanced courses in Canadian, European, First Nations, US and World history. From the history of sport, to the history of women, medicine, health and trade unions; from European witchcraft and popular magic to Trudeau’s famous finger; from the history of conquest and colonization, to the trenches of the Western Front and the rise and fall of fascism and Nazism, we cover all the bases.

Our department is also home to two very important national research projects. Dr. Stephen Davies is the director of the Canadian Letters and Images Project (CLIP), an exciting project dedicated to the collection, preservation and study of correspondence and photos relating to Canada’s war experience. Under the patronage of Her Excellency Michaëlle Jean, Governor-General of Canada, CLIP has become one of the country’s leading resources in the field. The experience of the First World War is also the subject of Dr. Davies’ Western Front Field School. In a few short years we will be commemorating the centenary of this most decisive event of the last century. What better way to learn about this conflict than by touring the trenches and battlefields of France and Belgium.

The important journal, Canadian Bulletin of Medical History / Bulletin canadien d'histoire de la médecine is also produced at VIU. Edited by Dr. Cheryl Krasnick Warsh, the CBMH publishes leading research by the top international scholars in diverse fields like the origins of Medicare, the Black Death and influenza pandemics, and the growth of the asylum. Students have the opportunity to work on a journal and take courses on nursing, women’s health, quackery and early surgery, and hospital care.

Be sure to watch for work-study opportunities in both of these projects.

Thank you for visiting our website. For more information on our program and what History has to offer, check out our links in the side bar. Over the past forty years, History has been one of the most popular and successful programs at our institution. Study the past, understand the present, and prepare for the future. But above all else, love where you learn. We look forward to meeting you, and if you have any questions, feel free to contact me.

John R. Hinde