Program Overview

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At U of T Scarborough, the programs of the Department of Historical and Cultural Studies are organized into distinct disciplinary and interdisciplinary areas of study. Students may concentrate in Classical Studies, Global Asia Studies, History, and Women's and Gender Studies.

We view the study of social and cultural phenomena as a key element of humanities education in general, and as a vital part of UTSC’s commitment to liberal arts education that promotes issues of social equity and justice in particular.

Some of our shared questions include: the movement of peoples, goods, and ideas; the social construction of difference; gender, racial and economic inequality and movements for change; cultural, religious, and political expression; identity formation; cultural interaction; urban and rural life, work, and environments; and empire, neocolonialism, and postcolonialism.

We approach these questions from the perspective of distinct disciplines that have long been in conversation with one another. In addition to providing students with deep grounding in one or more disciplinary traditions, the Department of Historical and Cultural Studies also fosters multidisciplinary research at all levels.

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Classical Studies

Classical studies is a pluridisciplinary field which introduces students to the study of the ancient Greek and Roman worlds.

Food Studies

Food Studies is an interdisciplinary field dedicated to understanding where our food comes from and how it shapes our bodies and identities. The production and consumption of food has gone through tremendous changes in the past few hundred years.

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Global Asia Studies

Global Asia Studies is an area-focused, interdisciplinary program committed to cutting-edge humanities scholarship that studies Asia within a global context.

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The History faculty welcomes you to explore the past and is eager to introduce you to the people who in their different ways made the world in which we live today. The study of history is vital for our understanding of the present.

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Women's and Gender Studies

Women's and Gender Studies is an interdisciplinary program that examines the development, transmission, and transformation of ideas and attitudes about women and gender across different historical periods, societies, and cultures.