Applied Studies in History

Gaining applied skills is an important part of your education. The UFV History Department offers opportunities for students to apply their classroom learning in a variety of settings and in diverse ways. For more information on the History Department's Applied Studies options, please contact  

Want a sense of the types of projects our HIST 401 students have done? Take a look here!


History 301: Studies in Applied History

Instructor: Robin Anderson

This course introduces students to public history, which concerns itself with the applications of history outside academia. Students are given a chance to examine the conceptual issues around historical representation outside the classroom, and they will critically assess a range of historical sites, including museums and historical re-creations, as well as popular history in print, film and television histories, on the web and as taught in the school system.


History 401: Practicum in History

Instructor and Contact: Robin Anderson

This course is designed to integrate applied experience and training into students' academic studies in history. Through a semester-long practicum, students participate in supervised, unpaid work experience with a local employer or institution to apply or build upon their historical skills and open up employment opportunities through work contacts. HIST 401 can be taken as either a regularly scheduled classroom course or in a directed studies format. Placements in the past include:

  • Public School Classrooms
  • Museums, archives and historical sites
  • First Nations organizations
  • Community service organizations
  • Private historical consultants
  • An environmental engineering firm
  • Local politicians and government 

The practicum itself is built around the needs of the student and the sponsor, and it is for this reason the program has been so successful. Because practicum sites should be arranged well in advance (especially school practicums), students interested in History 401 should inquire about applying for this course by late September. 

Application forms are available from the UFV History Department Assistant in office D3094 or you can download an application here:  HIST 401 Application Form.


History 440: Local History for the Web

Instructors: Robin Anderson and Scott Sheffield

This course allows students in groups or individually to conduct archival research on select Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley historical themes, and present their research as web pages for public consumption. Students will work closely with local history providers, including museums and historical sites, such as Fort Langley National Historic Site and Coqualeetza Cultural Education Centre, community and regional archives, and local public historians, to investigate their chose topics. Students will learn to properly structure and publish their research findings as basic websites. 

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