History Department

Welcome! The Department of History provides students with a thorough grounding in the past, seen from both social scientific and humanistic perspectives, and in the nature of history and historical analysis. The study of history prepares students to pursue careers in fields as diverse as law, education, religion, journalism and media, business and government.

Undergraduates choose one of three concentrations (US, European, or World history), and an honors program and combined B.A./M.A. program are also available to qualified students. In addition, the Department participates in several interdepartmental programs, including Africana Studies, Asian Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies (with a concentration in Documentary Studies), Social Studies, Women's Studies, Judaic Studies, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, and Russian and East European Studies.

On a graduate level, the Department of History offers a Doctor of Philosophy degree, a Master of Arts degree in History, a Master of Arts degree in History with a concentration in Public History, a Master of Arts degree in History with a concentration in History & Media, and a Certificate of Advanced Study (C.A.S.) in Public History. The M.A. in History may also be combined with the M.S. in Information Science. In addition, the department participates in several interdepartmental programs, such as Social Studies (which the department administers) and Liberal Studies.  

Department News 



  • Prof. David Hochfelder's Course Earns National Recognition

    Professor David Hochfelder has earned national recognition for his course "History of the Future," which was featured prominently in a recent issue of Inside Higher Ed. To read more about Hochfelder, his course, and the nuances of developing a "history of the future," click here.



  • Prof. Nadia Kizenko Wins Teaching Award

    Congratulations to History Professor Nadia Kizenko who has won the CAS 2015 Dean's Award for Outstanding Achievement in Teaching. Professor Kizenko, a specialist in Russian and religious history, joins seven other teaching prize winners on the History Department’s faculty. Click here to see the award announcement.