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The study of history reveals the past, enlightens the present, and influences the future. Historians seek to understand how nations, societies, and individuals have lived and thought, and why they have behaved the way they did. Supplying the context that informs art, ideas and institutions, history illuminates all of human experience.

Trained to examine evidence carefully and evaluate received interpretations of the past, students construct their own understanding of historical processes, building arguments from primary sources, historians' writings, and appropriate theoretical literatures. In history you also write gripping narratives, empathize with the experience of people who have gone before and re-imagine past worlds.

Tufts History faculty promotes a diversity of approaches and ways of understanding the past. From the history of medicine, to labor and migrant histories, to transnational and global approaches, to the study of gender and sexuality, to histories of everyday life and material culture, courses challenge students to analyze historical material.

The Department offers a range of courses designed to meet the needs and interests of students with differing levels of preparation. General surveys (numbered below 100) cover entire periods, fields or geographic areas, while thematic courses (numbered 100 to 189) provide more specific comparative or regional perspectives. Foundation seminars, announced each semester (numbered 90 to 97), introduce undergraduate majors to the historian's craft; research seminars (numbered 190 to 197) provide them with the opportunity to practice it through a significant research project. Students interested in specialized work are encouraged to explore independent study or to consider the option of writing a senior honors thesis.

Undergraduates may adopt history as either a major or a minor concentration. The History Graduate Program offers the M.A. Degree, with the option of earning a certificate in Museum Studies, and, in a limited number of fields, the Ph.D.


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'LBJ's Word for the Ages' by Prof. Peniel Joseph, in Newsweek
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Congratulations to Prof. Alisha Rankin on being chosen as a Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellow

Kris Manjapra's
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American Historical Association Perspectives on History
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'From Ferguson to Attica' by Prof. Peniel Joseph, in The Root
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Professor Kris Manjapra was chosen as one of this year's "Emerging Scholars" in Diverse Education

Professor Alisha Rankin's book Panaceia's Daughters: Noblewomen as Healers in Early Modern Germany wins prize
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Professor Elizabeth Foster's book Faith in Empire: Religion, Politics, and Colonial Rule in French Senegal, 1880-1940 wins prize
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Prof. Peniel Joseph's article in The Root discusses Boston's and Tufts' recent social justice activism

Gary Leupp's book Male Colors: The Construction of Homosexuality in Tokugawa Japan has been translated into Japanese. Learn more >

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