Welcome to the Department of History
The Department of History 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, our courses challenge students to analyze historical material in a variety of ways and using interdisciplinary methods. Students are encouraged to embark upon independent studies or pursue research projects in areas of their own interest with support and guidance from our expert faculty. Our students also benefit from Tufts’ location in the greater Boston area, one of America’s most important hubs for museums and historical societies.
The department offers undergraduate students both a major and a minor in History. Small class sizes and our accomplished faculty combine to create an environment ideal for intellectual exploration. A degree in history develops skills in analysis, scholarship, and writing that are valuable in many settings. Our graduates go on to pursue careers in a variety of fields including education, government, law, medicine, and science.
We offer an MA in History or in History and Museum Studies as well as individual courses to students earning a certificate in Museum Studies. The PhD program is offered with a focus on Modern South Asian History or Global History. Our graduate programs cultivate academic excellence, and prepare students for leading roles in education and research, as well as in the fields of business, administration and world affairs.