History Department

“The past is never dead.  It’s not even past.”

William Faulkner

Students at King’s are invited to study the living past in a number of ways.  All students at King’s take the survey courses on the history of Western Civilization (History 202 and 204) as part of the foundations core. Those who wish to study the past in a more specialized manner have the option of majoring in history; the department offers three-year and four-year Bachelor of Arts degrees. In addition, the History Department participates in an interdisciplinary four-year Bachelor of Arts program with the departments of Political Science and Economics. 

The History Department offers courses that reflect the strengths and research interests of the faculty, especially in the histories of Europe, England, North America, and Christianity.  The department also offers courses in historical methods and in the philosophy of history.  Students who take the four-year major are encouraged, in consultation with faculty members, to formulate a year-long research project, the result of which would be a significant interpretative paper based on primary or archival sources.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission

THEO 399/HIST 399 | Winter Term 2014
Wednesday evenings
6:30 - 9:30 p.m.

  • King's students are required to register for the course.
    (Deadline: January 15, 2014)
  • The public is welcome to drop-in to any lecture. No registration required.

First Nations peoples have had a long and often painful history in relation to Canada. Perhaps the most painful episode is that of the era of residential schools. Although the last residential school has long been closed, the turbulent legacy of those schools continues to reverberate through the generations. This course examines the history and legacies of the Indian Residential schools, the government apology, the Settlement agreement and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Students will hear the testimony of survivors, encounter their resilience, learn of steps taken by government and church officials to own their
respective roles and experience first hand the possibilities of reconciliation.

This course will be facilitated by Will Van Arragon (history) and Roy Berkenbosch (theology) and will consist of guest lectures, readings, films and personal encounters.

The nature of the subject material is so vital for all Canadians that we warmly welcome all members of the public to attend the course, entirely or in part at no cost, although we also welcome donations to help defray expenses.

For more information contact either Roy Berkenbosch or Will Van Arragon

Click here to see the course schedule and list of guest speakers