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What Can You Do With A History?
The Canadian Historical Association has addressed this question in a new website. As the profiles on the website show, you can do more with a History Degree than you think, precisely because precisely because historical training teaches you how to think, analyze, communicate, write, organize and create. History nurtures our curiosity, our openness to new ways of understanding our world, both past and present. As we read, research and write about history, we question taken-for-granted ideas, assess the complexities of social change, dissect evidence and sources, and probe the why, when, and how of human evolution across temporal, spatial and global boundaries.

Like other humanities and social sciences degrees, History is a passport to many opportunities and careers, especially those involving problem solving, creative intelligence and excellent communication and writing skills. Some students use their History degree as a pathway to further training (such as law), but others employ the skills and knowledge acquired with a BA to work in areas such as heritage and museums, business, government, policy, advocacy, politics, non-profits – to name only a few areas. Not only do studies show that a university degree in History/Humanities opens up employment opportunities, but historical knowledge, ever changing, ever debatable, ever fascinating, is also our invitation to lifelong curiosity, learning and reflection.

Retrospect - BC Studies Conference, May 2017: (Un)Settling British Columbia
Vancouver Island University, in association with BC Studies, the British Columbian Quarterly, and with support from the Royal British Columbia Museum, was proud to host the multidisciplinary BC Studies Conference from 4-6 May 2017, on the theme (Un)Settling British Columbia. The conference was a great success, with over 150 registered participants and guests from the community. The three-day conference featured over 100 presentations on a wide range of topics. Special thanks to History department colleagues Kelly Black, Timothy Lewis, and Katharine Rollwagen for organizing this memorable event.

Canadian Letters & Images Project
Alex Trebek, the popular television game show host, posted a video message indicating the importance of the Canadian Letters & Images Project and recalling a Remembrance Day event that affected him profoundly. His message is posted here. He is one of the distinguished Guest Readers who are featured on the Canadian Letters & Images Project website. VIU History professor Dr. Stephen Davies is the Project Director.

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