The study of history enables students to understand change and continuity across time in the United States, Europe and the world. Courses survey such topics as the growth and decline of states and societies, the conduct of war and the pursuit of justice, cultural achievements, religious belief and forms of worship, reform movements, influential ideologies, the significance of race, gender and class and exploration and colonization.
Students look at cultures and civilizations both nearby and remote as they study topics such as Boston’s neighborhoods, the British presence in India or the ideals of the ancient Greeks. Examining instances of beauty, progress and success on the world stage as well as episodes of carnage, cruelty and injustice familiarizes students with the range and commonality of human experience and gives them perspective on the present.
Analyzing historical records and interpretations enables students to become more perceptive, confident and sophisticated writers and thinkers. The department provides training in research methods, theories of history, and the opportunity for applied work through a broad range of internship choices in archives, libraries, museums and governmental and media agencies.