History

The Department of History offers strong programs at both the master’s and doctoral levels in African, European, and American history. Graduates of the department pursue careers not only in the traditional areas of research and teaching but also in fields as diverse as library and museum work, government service, publishing, and business. The department has a special relationship with the American & New England Studies Program, which provides a range of courses supplementing the department’s American history offerings. In African history, the highly regarded African Studies Center provides an interdisciplinary approach encompassing anthropology, economics, political science, and sociology, as well as history. Other areas of strength include European and American diplomatic, cultural, and intellectual history; early modern Europe and America; and twentieth-century studies. Access to research collections in the Boston area is an important complement to graduate study in a number of fields offered by the department. Moreover, a consortium arrangement with Boston College, Brandeis University, and Tufts University enables students to take courses at these other schools and share library resources.