History; History of Religions; Classical Civilization; Diaspora and Transnational Studies; Latin American and Caribbean Studies; South Asian Civilizations; Women and Gender Studies


History at U of T Mississauga is designed to give students a comprehensive view of the world in which we live. Students may study the past in order to be better prepared to positively influence the world around us and the world within us. 

The study of History allows students to understand the broad patterns of social development. Economic, environmental, cultural and gender history add an interdisciplinary element.

The study of the History of Religions explores religious traditions with intellectual openness and scholarly rigour, without evaluating their specific truth claims. The study of the History of Religions is therefore an excellent education for life in a world of social and cultural complexity. To reflect the diverse nature of Canadian society, students have the opportunity to explore many world religions, including: Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Zoroastrianism.

Traditionally, Classical Civilization has involved the study of ancient Greece and Rome. These are of interest both in their own right and because their achievements have been the foundation of so many aspects of our own civilization: its art, languages, literatures, philosophy and government. However, Classics at U of T Mississauga also looks at ancient cultures in Asia, Egypt and the Middle East, allowing students to gain a perspective on global civilization. Courses in Classics thus present background material that is indispensable for the understanding of many other studies in the Humanities.

Diaspora and Transnational Studies examines the historical and contemporary movements of peoples and the complex problems of identity and experience to which these movements give rise, as well as the creative possibilities that flow from movement.

Latin American and Caribbean Studies offers an exploration of Latin America and the Caribbean and their diasporas, drawing on a range of disciplinary approaches. Through diverse course offerings, students can study Latin American and Caribbean history, languages, politics, societies, cultures, religions and geographies.

The South Asian Civilizations program offers a comprehensive exploration of South Asia and the South Asian diaspora, drawing on a range of disciplinary approaches. Through diverse course offerings, students can study South Asian history, religion, politics, languages, societies, and cultures. The program is geared toward building an engagement with the South Asian region as well as with South Asian diasporic contexts.  

The Women and Gender Studies program examines questions of gender in every field of study, and particularly the perspectives of women and feminist analyses. This focus, which crosses disciplinary lines, can be carried into many areas, such as Anthropology, Literature,  Art, History, Linguistics, Philosophy, Politics, Psychology, Religion and Sociology.

Programs and specializations

  • History: offered as a Minor, Major and Specialist
  • History of Religions: offered as a Minor, Major and Specialist
  • Classical Civilization: offered as a Minor and a Major
  • Diaspora and Transnational Studies: offered as a Minor and a Major
  • Latin American and Caribbean Studies: offered as a Minor
  • South Asian Civilizations: offered as a Minor
  • Women and Gender Studies: offered as a Minor and a Major

Why choose U of T Mississauga?

  • Students who join the Department of Historical Studies at U of T Mississauga are taught by some of the leading scholars in the world.  Many of our renowned faculty members have won both national and international research awards. Our faculty members are committed to providing an exciting and stimulating intellectual journey for students.  Graduates from Historical Studies will become the thinkers and leaders who will lead our globalized society in the years ahead. 

  • Most courses offered are half-year courses allowing students to access more topics so they can understand the interaction of all religions, histories and civilizations.

  • Women and Gender Studies students compete for the Student of the Year Award for outstanding academic performance and activism.

  • History of Religions targets U of T Mississauga’s diverse and global student body, which represents the current Canadian demographic. Students come to understand the interplay and interactions between various religions, and to appreciate the plurality of approaches to the questions that have touched humankind’s spirit from the dawn of time.

  • Diaspora and Transnational Studies gives students the opportunity to learn about diasporic communities as well as key debates in the field.

  • South Asian Studies offers a comprehensive exploration of South Asia and the South Asian diaspora, drawing on a range of disciplinary approaches.

Affiliated student club

  • Historical Studies Society (HSS)

What high school preparation do I need?

All areas require six Grade 12 U or M courses including Grade 12 English (ENG4U).*

*This refers to courses from the Ontario Curriculum. We will accept equivalent courses from other academic systems. For details, visit www.adm.utoronto.ca/adm.

What courses do I take?


  • HIS101H5: Introduction to Historical Studies

Students may also take 0.5 or 1.0 additional History (HIS) credits at the 200-level.

History of Religions 

  • RLG101H5: Introduction to the Study of Religion
  • May also take 0.5 additional Religion (RLG) credits at the 100- or 200-level.

Classical Civilization

  • CLA101H5: Introduction to Classical Civilizations

In addition, 0.5 credits from: 

  • CLA230H5: Introduction to Greek History
  • CLA231H5: Introduction to Roman History
  • CLA233H5: Introduction to Roman Culture & Society
  • CLA237H5: Introduction to Greek Culture & Society

Diaspora and Transnational Studies

  • DTS201H5: Introduction to Diaspora and Transnational Studies I

Latin American and Caribbean Studies

  • HIS290H5: Introduction to Latin American History

South Asian Civilizations

  • Any approved 200-level course about South Asia

Women & Gender Studies

  • WGS200Y5: Introduction to Studies of Women and Gender

After graduation

  • Graduates will be able to knowledgeably converse about the interactions of global religions, histories and civilizations. They will be global citizens, capable of highly developed critical thinking and writing skills.
  • Graduates of all of our programs often choose careers in law, government, public service, international development, academia, teaching, publishing, journalism, television, business and social justice.

For more information

Sharon Marjadsingh
Academic Counsellor