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The study of history enables students to understand change and continuity across time in the United States, Europe and the world.

History majors at Emmanuel have the opportunity to look at cultures and civilizations both nearby and remote as they study Boston’s neighborhoods, the Iberian presence in the Atlantic world or the ideals of the ancient Chinese. 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 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.


Emmanuel’s history program takes students far behind names and dates, encouraging the analyzation of historic events and ideologies to explore the range and commonality of the human experience and its influence on the present.

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  • History

    The study of history is more than the survey of monarchies, colonies, industrialization and the dates of wars waged.

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  • History

    The study of history is more than the survey of monarchies, colonies, industrialization and the dates of wars waged.

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Faculty research, publish and present in their field and often collaborate side-by-side with students to help them explore their disciplines in greater depth, building on knowledge gained in the classroom and offering a unique hands-on, real-world experience. At Emmanuel, there’s an energy on campus that brings people and ideas together - in the classroom, across campus, throughout Boston and beyond.

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Department Highlights

Small classes, big advantages

History Department faculty provide students with training in research methods and theories of history, spanning the globe, time and the commonality of the human experience.

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Equipped with a well-rounded liberal arts and sciences education and real-world experience within their disciplines, Emmanuel graduates go on to make their mark at companies and organizations locally, nationally and internationally. Many students also choose to continue their education at the master’s or doctorate level. Check out where some of our recent graduates are thriving!

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Class of 2015: Where We Work

Position Company Major
Corps Member City Year History
Records Management Commonwealth of Massachusetts History
Special Education Teacher Haverhill Public Schools History
Teacher Cheshire Academy History
Teacher Matignon High School History
Teaching Assistant Milton Public Schools History

Class of 2015: Where We Attend Grad School

Degree Institution Major
M.A.T. Emmanuel College History
M.A., Human Rights Kingston University London History
M.Ed., Higher Education in Student Affairs Salem State University History


Whether you are a current Emmanuel student or a prospective student exploring Emmanuel for the first time, we can help you determine what’s next. Schedule a meeting with your Academic Advisor, connect with the Career Center or the Office of International Programs to explore internship or study abroad options, or contact the Office of Admissions to set up a campus tour.

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