George Santayana once wrote, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”1 To learn history’s lessons, you must actively study it and acquire the tools and techniques historians use to evaluate evidence and analyze the past. These skills have wide-ranging application no matter where your life and work take you.

As you learn about the critical events and issues of the past, you will better understand how they impact the present and future. Studying History will:

  • Improve your understanding of human behaviour, causality, change over time, and complex social, political, and economic processes.
  • Teach you the active role individuals and groups play in shaping our cultures and nations, along with the origins of our collective practices, ideals and disagreements.
  • Develop your written communication skills. Well-written history is both analytical and an art form. It appeals to our aesthetic sensibilities, informs our identities, and sharpens our moral principles.

History Department at Okanagan College

Acquire Valuable Skills

History majors take their knowledge and skills into many fields including law, journalism, information management, public relations, library science, archival management, business, government, and the military.

Skills acquired through History courses at Okanagan College include:

  • learning to conduct research
  • assessing the reliability and significance of evidence
  • analyzing ideas and data
  • evaluating and organizing information
  • crafting compelling and imaginative arguments
  • writing effective, persuasive prose

History at Okanagan College

  • Faculty members with research interests spanning the legal, political, military, commercial, and social history of North America, Asia, and Europe.
  • Courses leading to the Associate of Arts Degree (History Emphasis) offered at each of the College's four regional campuses.
  • A variety of regularly offered courses in Canadian, American, European, Asian, Global, and Aboriginal history.
  • Up to two years of university studies with courses that are fully transferable to universities in BC and beyond.
  • The academic support you need to succeed: small class sizes; affordable tuition; talented and knowledgeable instructors; and a supportive learning environment.

Okanagan College History Department Faculty Members

Have a look at our individual faculty pages where you can find out more about where we went to school, what our research interests are, what courses we teach, listings of our published works, and more!

Contact Us

Howard Hisdal (Chair)

Library Resources for History

Library Guide for History
University of Chicago Style Guide

[1]  George Santayana, The Life of Reason; or The Phases of Human Progress (1905; republication, New York: Dover, 1982), http://www.gutenberg.org/cache/epub/15000/pg15000.txt