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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.

Upcoming Events:

Professor George Marcopoulos Memorial Lecture
"How to Start a Dynasty in Byzantium, and How To End One"
Professor Anthony Kaldellis, Ohio State University
November 2 | 6:30 pm
Distler Hall

Open House
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!

Faculty Highlights:

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. Learn more >

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 Library Journal.

Student Highlights:

Read a travel log written by our own Ph.D. student Tathagata Dutta, published by The Quint.

Congratulations to sophomore Desmond Fonseca for receiving the Humanity in Action fellowship and the Laidlaw Scholarship.

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