The research interests of the faculty range over the entire spectrum of social, political, intellectual and cultural history of the period, including: family history, explorations, women and gender issues, urban history, power and authority, peasant uprisings, popular culture, religious dissent and the theological and ideological debates of the Reformation.

The library holdings are especially rich. The University of Waterloo and Conrad Grebel University College libraries have some of the most substantial ‘radical’ Reformation holdings in Canada. The Laurier library has an excellent collection in Lutheran and Humanist studies, while Guelph has a special Scottish collection for this period.