Brandon University’s History Department offers courses in social history, gender and women’s history, cultural history, public history, as well as those in national and world history reflect the increasing diversity of historical studies. Small classes allow students to discuss and debate historical developments and to work closely with professors, all of whom are active researchers and writers. The McKee Archives at BU allow students to become historians in their own right, researching and writing history from the original documents.

Areas of Expertise in History

  • Canadian labour and working-class history, social radicalism in Canada
  • Manitoba and Western Canada
  • Eighteenth and nineteenth-century English social and gender history
  • Medieval European cultural and intellectual history
  • Modern Italian History
  • Latin American History
  • Women’s and Gender History
  • Public History

Recent Student Projects

  • Class, Gender, and the Brandon Council of Women, 1952-1960
  • A Sense of Civility and Class: The Brandon Golf and Country Club, 1915-1945
  • The Forrest Women’s Missionary Society
  • Brandon Communists: Social Action, Political Activities and Organization of the Communist Party in Brandon, Manitoba, 1926-1939
  • The Birtle Boarding School 1889-1916
  • Enemies Within Our Gates: Brandon’s Alien Detention Centre During World War One
  • The Forgotten Flu: Brandon and the Spanish influenza, 1918-19

Questions about History may be directed to Dr. Patricia Harms at harmsp@brandonu.ca