The Department of History offers strong programs at both the master’s and doctoral levels in African, American, and European history as well as in the history of the Atlantic world. Among the department’s thematic and methodological strengths are political, cultural, intellectual, environmental, transnational, and diplomatic history.
Boston and its environs offer an engaging setting for graduate work. On campus, the department has a special relationship with the American and New England Studies Program, which provides a range of supplementary courses, workshops, and other venues for scholarly exchange. For Africanists, the highly regarded African Studies Center facilitates interdisciplinary approaches, encompassing anthropology, economics, political science, and sociology, as well as history. Ongoing lectures, conferences, and other events on campus, such as those organized by the American Political History Institute and the International History Institute, provide graduate students with opportunities to engage with visiting scholars and learn about new work in the field. A consortium arrangement with Boston College, Brandeis University, and Tufts University enables students to take courses at these other schools and share library resources. Students will find a rich array of other resources off campus as well, among them notable research collections, libraries, archives, and programs sponsored by other universities.
Recent graduates of the department have pursued 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.