The Faculty of Arts and Science began offering History as a subject in 1960. The Department of History was formed in 1962 in the same Faculty. In 1977, the department moved to the newly formed Faculty of Social Sciences. The Department offers a BA, BA Honours, a BA Honours in History Cooperative Education, a joint BEd/BA in History, as well as graduate work leading to the MA and PhD degrees.
In April 2010, all departments from the Faculty of Social Sciences were combined with those of the Faculties of Fine Arts, Humanities and Communication and Culture into the Faculty of Art.
Heads of the Department of History: H. Mitchell, 1966-1967; J.B. Toews, 1967-1969; J.B. Owen, 1969-1973; A.W. Rasporich, 1973-1974; J.B. Toews, 1974-1975 (Acting); A.W. Rasporich, 1975-1976; D. Williams, 1976-1981; T.H.E. Travers, 1981-1986; C.I. Archer, 1986-1991; H.H. Herwig, 1991-1997; J.R. Ferris, 1997-2001; David B. Marshall, 2001-2006; W. M. Elofson, 2006-2010; K. Kraay, 2012-2016; M. W. Konnert, 2016-.