The principal objective of the teaching programme of the Department of History and Archaeology is to provide a thorough understanding of Caribbean history, heritage and culture, as well as the broader currents of world history which have helped shape the region.  Accordingly, the Department’s courses focus not only on the Caribbean but also on Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and North America, and on the methodologies of history, archaeology, and heritage.

In fulfilling this objective, the Department fosters knowledge and understanding of history, heritage, and archaeology at the graduate and undergraduate levels and seeks to develop students’ analytical skills and professionalism.

The Department conducts original scholarly research and pursues effective teaching and learning practices.  Both address regional and international issues and provide frameworks for demonstrating the relevance of the past to the present.

The Department also promotes links with professional groups and institutions, as well as with the wider community.