The BA in History was extremely helpful in setting me on a rewarding path post-university. I entered university with no real plans for my future, just knowing that I enjoyed studying history. Through my time at Kwantlen, I was able to expand my knowledge of what I was passionate about and find new passions. I learned a lot from phenomenal professors who kept the classes from becoming boring, and was even able to practice history in practical settings outside the classroom! This was instrumental in helping me decide what I wanted to do post-secondary, and led me to a career I am absolutely in love with today. I have nothing but fond memories of my time in the program and the people I studied alongside. ~ Elizabeth Weber
Initially, I came to KPU to get a psychology degree with a minor in counselling. However, after taking a few history classes, among others to be used as electives, I decided to change my focus to a double major in History and Political Science.
Pursuing a History degree at KPU opened my eyes and piqued my interest in various areas I either had once thought I was reasonably well versed in or did not have an initial passion. One of the most significant aspects of the KPU History department is the variety of class types that students can partake in, such as lecture-style, seminar-style, or more unique styles that are hard to put into one category. This latter category involved classes where we participated in “field trips” of sorts, whether visiting different places of worship, enjoying a tour through a museum, or exploring actual archives to unearth local historical knowledge. The variety of history classes available each semester always had me excited and did not disappoint.
A further point that I want to note is the exceptional faculty who make up this department. I often met with my professors throughout my undergrad to discuss content related to any specific classes I was taking, different historical topics, or my plans after graduation. They always made themselves available and offered helpful resources. Moreover, each professor created a learning environment that was unique, engaging, and open for all to participate in fully. In many ways, a department is only as good as its professors, making the History department at KPU one of the best.
Thanks in part to both Majors I pursued, I feel prepared for work in various fields and am ready to continue with graduate studies. Being graduated now, I look back at my years at KPU, happy with the choices I made but also sad that it has ended. If you choose to pursue a History degree, I believe that you will see and experience the same benefits that I have noted here. ~ Wyatt Wickstead, B.A. Major in History and Political Science (2021)
Since completing my degree, I have continued to use the knowledge and skills that I gained at KPU on a daily basis. The passion, enthusiasm, and approachability of my KPU History instructors have left a lasting impression on me. I am still able to recall their lectures and seminars clearly, despite how much time has passed since I attended them. I feel fortunate to have been able to explore and analyse fascinating topics through the courses offered by the KPU History department. During my time at KPU, the approachability and openness of my instructors made it possible for me to ask questions and discuss topics outside of classes in order to gain better insight to history and to many different aspects of different cultures. ~ Nuvjit Sidhho
A BA from KPU's History program does more than just give you an understanding of significant events in the past and how they've shaped our current world. You develop an entire skill set to help you in your future career, whatever it is. Critical thinking, the ability to write well, public speaking, the ability to work towards a goal and meet deadlines, and a well rounded understanding of the modern world and the institutions that govern it will all make you more valuable to potential employers. ~ Ian Hardacre
When I first enrolled at KPU, I never expected to find myself leaving with a Bachelor’s in History. Yet, if like me, you find yourself able to take a course in history, it is hard to not be charmed by its lively faculty, fascinating source material, and the open and welcoming atmosphere of its classes. The courses promote discussion and engagement with all sorts of historical materials, and through a number of different lenses. You may find yourself presenting a historical figure to the class, you could be picking apart a primary source of history, or you could be debating with a student, re-enacting a historical dilemma with no right answer. Like your typical history course, you might learn the history of a particular time period or country, but you might also find yourself studying an environmental perspective of history, a comparative course that contrasts historical civilizations to gain a new context, or even one that looks at the understudied sides of history, such as the viewpoints of historical terrorists. What is special about the department is its underlying belief in history, one that permeates through all its courses: that all kinds of knowledge, from the way religion was practiced in ancient China, to the treatment of animals in southern India, all is valuable in its own way, and can offer you something to reflect on, discuss with others, and give you a more whole perspective that will enrich your life. ~ John Niescier
The history department at KPU has a distinct sense of community. While studying, I felt like I was part of a large group of amazing individuals working towards different yet mutually complementary goals. The professors were always available to give extra help, and this was a large part of my success in the program. My experiences studying history at KPU more than prepared me for my post-undergraduate plans. ~ Jordan McCuaig
People choose higher education to better prepare for their futures. The academic study of history – the past events of the world which have contributed to shaping our present – is one of the many social science disciplines which make people greater thinkers, accomplished writers, and competent analysts. It is not only these academic skills however which are enhanced by studying history; it is the capability for self-reflection and a greater understanding of the human experience that comes alongside those skills which are of even greater value. All of these capabilities make the student of history a more functional, articulate and intelligent human being who is better prepared to face the challenges of their future lives.
As quoted by Robert Penn Warren from The American Imagination “history cannot give us a program for the future, but it can give us a fuller understanding of ourselves, and of our common humanity, so that we can better face the future (100).” If you are a person who wishes to nurture your intellectual growth, increase your understanding and compassion for all the world's people, places and civilizations, and – most importantly – is someone who loves to be the high scorer in trivia games – choose History at KPU. It will be one of the most amazing educational experiences you could hope to have. ~ Andrea A. Flello, B.A. Major in English, Minor in History (2010)
Critical thinking and logical reasoning I believe are important skills to have nowadays. Both of which you’ll gain a better understanding of while being part of the History program at KPU. The instructors in the History program will teach you why a historical event happened, not just the technical how aspect. We can all learn about how the Vietnam War was fought but the instructors at KPU will guide you through why it happened and in doing so you’ll develop excellent critical thinking skills. It was this approach to teaching which led me to become passionate about studying history and made me want to pursue the discipline as a career. I have done this by becoming Historical Researcher making documentaries for National Geographic and the Smithsonian Channel. ~ Dawson Kuzak
I’ve always had a knack that tempted me to ask why. It always seemed to me to be a harmless enough question, and one that can lead to some fascinating answers, but it seems to have become something far more complicated than that more recently. My time studying History at Kwantlen never had me feeling uncomfortable or unsure as to whether or not to ask why. My instructors and peers constantly challenged my abilities and furthered my desire to know why things work the way they do and how they got to that point, and I hope I was able to give my instructors and friends in history the same challenge in appreciation of their efforts. The history department at Kwantlen really felt like a group committed to doing better in exploring the curiosities that intrigued them while encouraging and supporting others to do the same. ~ Sukhvir Bains
The BA History program at KPU offers not only an understanding of the world and what events have shaped the world we see today, but allows the opportunity to explore in a collaborative manner. I found the process of working with peers, having an open dialogue in the classroom, and a student centred environment to be very beneficial in my learning endeavours. Collaboration among peers and professors created a more meaningful interaction and learning experience. This notion of collaboration to explore ideas I have gained through KPU's History program is something I aim to emulate in my Secondary Social Studies and Special Education classes. ~ Nikki Puni
There are nothing but positive things to be said about the History program at KPU. During my time there, I became more receptive towards the many different viewpoints and perspectives available, which, in turn, helped me to develop a better understanding of both the world and myself. Of course, it was only possible with the help of the very accepting professors, who fostered and nurtured an open-minded atmosphere where all opinions are valued, and my many peers, whose honest and thought-provoking opinions only contributed to this atmosphere. ~ Kevin Ho
Before I went to KPU, I used to wonder how an Australian guy led the Scottish people to freedom. Now that I have a minor in history, I have the analytical skills to confirm that ‘Braveheart' was a movie AND William Wallace wasn't Australian. Aside from my broader understanding of Hollywood and the historical inaccuracies they put on the big screen, KPU gave me the inspiration to become a teacher myself through their amazing professors .... In a KPU history classroom, it is subject centred learning as opposed to teacher-centred, so you can really contribute to the discussion in an open and friendly atmosphere. The teachers at KPU are passionate about teaching and really care about their students --present and past.
Now, living and teaching English in multi-cultural Frankfurt, Germany—I have also found what I learned was not just fun facts and interesting stories, but my history minor had also given me a broader understanding of cultural differences in my classroom where I have students from Italy, Spain, Iran, Greece, Turkey, Croatia, Serbia, Haiti, Hungary, Portugal and Thailand. Not to mention, that my knowledge of English speaking countries' histories has allowed me to impart on my students a greater understanding of English speaking cultures and how they are not all the same: like why Brits apologize to tables when they bump into them and the Irish sing songs about prison ships to Australia when they get kicked out in the first round of the EM. ~ Emily Kirkland
The History program KPU greatly increased my knowledge and love for the subject. The quality of instruction and passion for history from the professors had me hooked from my first class. These are people who keep in active engagement with history and it shows in the lessons they create. Rather than simply spouting off knowledge from a textbook, they create learning environments where the diversity of the class is used to create understanding that is communal, not simply top-down. It was this learning environment that helped me become a teacher and for that I am forever grateful. If you are even remotely considering taking a course in History at KPU, please do it. You will be rewarded for your decision. ~ Raju Brar
Most of what I would say has already been eloquently covered, so I'll skip to praise: I found that the history department at KPU, both the faculty and fellow students, provided a friendly and encouraging environment for learning; as someone who suffers from anxiety, I never felt daunted by my presentations or deterred from participating in a discussion. ~ Erik Granholm