The fact that his department has seen a decline in enrolment in recent
years doesnt surprise Professor Stephen Scheinberg, though he wishes
it were otherwise.
At a university like Concordia, where many students are in the first
generation of their families to go to university, its not seen as
a priority, he said. At the big elite universities like Yale,
its different. Those students understand the depth that studying
However, as chair of the History Department, Scheinberg is looking forward
to an increase in enrolment as the general education requirement is introduced
over the next few years. This will require new undergraduates in Arts
and Science to choose from a 12-credit core of courses.
Students in the humanities will have a better opportunity than ever to
sample history courses, and Scheinberg is sure theyll respond. Well
get to display our wares, he said.
About half the students taking History courses at Concordia are in History
programs, while the other half are taking the courses as electives. The
department is grounded in conventional, broadly-based survey courses,
but specialized courses have also proved highly popular.
Professor Frank Chalk is an internationally acknowledged scholar in genocide
studies, and Professor Graeme Decarie, a well-known social historian of
Quebec and Canada, has developed a course on Canadian military history.
Members of the History Department have been active in the new Irish Studies
program, and there are plans to develop an Asian studies core. Professor
Frederick Bode will introduce a course next year that will look at how
film has affected our understanding of history.