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.
Wednesday, Nov 7 at noon
East Hall Lounge – room 113
Please come preview the spring course offering & meet our faculty.
Food will be served. All are welcome!
Prof. Kendra Field publishes new book
Growing Up with the Country: Family, Race and Nation after the Civil War,
which explores family, race and nation after the U.S. Civil War.
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Congratulations to Prof. Reed Ueda for his study, America's Changing Neighborhoods:
An Exploration of Diversity Through Places (3 vols), which was named one of the
Best Reference Works of 2017 by the
Read a travel log written by our own Ph.D. student
Tathagata Dutta, published by
Congratulations to sophomore Desmond Fonseca for receiving the
Humanity in Action fellowship and the
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