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
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
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
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.
CSAIOS Lecture [website]
December 9, 2013
""From Java to Jaffna: exile and return in Dutch Asia""
Benjamin L. Carp's Resolute Men and Mohawks Talk [website]
December 12, 2013
Old South Meeting House
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Prof. Peniel Joseph writes about
"Obama's Syria Plan: Ill Conceived, Ill Timed"
Prof. Hugh Roberts writes
"The Revolution That Wasn't",
in London Review of Books.
Prof. Peniel Joseph featured in
The Chronicle of Higher Education:
"Our Long Walk to Freedom"
Prof. Peniel Joseph writes about
Race and American Democracy, in The Root.
Prof. Peniel Joseph appeared on
"Voting rights and wrongs in America": Prof. Peniel Joseph appeared on
Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell
Prof. Peniel Joseph featured as Op-Ed
Contributor in The New York Times:
Kennedy's Finest Moment: How the President's June 11, 1963, speech changed American history.
Prof. Manjapra to lead a new long-distance 'connected classroom'
experience between Tufts students and BRAC University students in
Bangladesh in spring 2014.
Prof. Elaine Hagopian interviews Dr. Hugh Roberts on Salafist
and Islamist movements in the Middle East and Africa.
Historian Receives Top French Award: Prof. Leila Fawaz
in National Order of the Legion of Honor
Tufts University announces
Center for the Study of Race and Democracy,
to be led by Prof. Peniel Joseph
Read this article titled "Western Recklessness" by Prof. Hugh Roberts
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