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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.


The Darakjian-Jafarian Chair in Armenian History and the Armenian Club of Tufts University present:
Sheriff Peter. J. Koutoujian
"Zartnoum (Awakening): The Awakening of an Individual and a Call to Action for a Community"
April 16, 2014
Goddard Chapel

Followed by an 8pm reception in the Coolidge Room, Ballou Hall

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New York Times Review:
Prof. Peniel Joseph's Book
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Prof. Peniel Joseph on PBS NewsHour (video): "Beyond 'Black Power,' recounting the under-told story of Stokely Carmichael"
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Prof. Peniel Joseph returns to Morning Joe to discuss his new book "Stokely: A Life," which looks at activist Stokely Carmichael, who was both a civil rights advocate and a member of the Black Power movement.
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Prof. Kris Manjapra uses technology to take the idea of democratized learning to a global level.

With "Stokely: A Life," the historian Peniel E. Joseph says he set out to "recover" Stokely Carmichael, who popularized the phrase "black power."

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Prof. Peniel Joseph talks about "Examining a bold man" in The Boston Globe Magazine.

Read Prof. Peniel Joseph's article "Malcolm X Was More Than MLK’s Alter Ego" in The Root.

Prof. Peniel Joseph writes "Stokely Carmichael's Legacy Is Less Recognized Black History", in The Root.

Prof. Peniel Joseph writes about "Obama's Syria Plan: Ill Conceived, Ill Timed", in The Root.

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 Trayvon, Race and American Democracy, in The Root.

Prof. Peniel Joseph appeared on The Colbert Report.

"Voting rights and wrongs in America": Prof. Peniel Joseph appeared on MSNBC's The 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 named a chevalier 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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