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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
October 27, 2016
Canadian Excellence

Graduate Testimonial: Mark Humphries

Wilfrid Laurier Universityís Masterís program in history was an academically challenging experience that prepared me for a rewarding career in teaching and research. At WLU, I had the opportunity to work closely with expert faculty in various fields who pushed me to think outside of my own experiences and to
develop skills in research, communications, and teaching that prepared me to enter the workforce as a highly qualified professional.  As part of my program I had the opportunity to do two weeks of field work in France and Belgium, to serve as a teaching assistant in the department, and to volunteer at an academic research centre related to my field of study. Faculty were highly supportive and pushed me to publish my work, providing opportunities to do so in academic journals that were even edited by professors in the department. The well-rounded education and training I received has benefited me in innumerable ways, both professionally and personally. I not only made many life-long friends at Laurier (and even met my partner in the history program!), but also built up a network of professional contacts that has helped me get ahead in the job market.

After leaving WLU, I completed my PhD in history and am now a tenure-track Assistant Professor at a comprehensive Canadian university. But my time at Laurier as both an Honours BA and MA student were the most rewarding student years. I highly recommend the WLU Masterís in history for any student who wants to be challenged academically and gain both skills and life experience that will make them highly qualified to work in a variety of public and private opportunities.

Dr. Mark Humphries, Dunkley Chair in War and the Canadian Experience, Director of the Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies; and Associate Professor of History, Wilfrid Laurier University