Our courses provoke independent and creative thought. Through a close evaluation of diverse evidence, students learn to generate and defend original arguments, to evaluate and contribute to scholarly conversations, and to reflect on the relationship between past and present.
Medieval Europe in a Mediterranean Context (500–1500)
This course seeks to reorient our understanding of the European Middle Ages as we trace the emergence of a distinctly new—European—culture and society after the fall of the Roman Empire.
Troubled Transformations: History of Modern China
We will explore major events in Modern China, including the Opium War, the collapse of the Qing dynasty and Mao’s Cultural Revolution, all with comparative references to current events.
Gender and Sexuality in Latin America
Through an exploration of these key periods of upheaval we will assess how social conflict was frequently mediated through competing definitions of masculinity and femininity. In addition, we will explore the ways in which women’s activism has been central to social and political movements.
History Department Prizes
The department awards the Alfred F. Havighurst Prize, The Asa J. Davis Prize, and The John Petropulos Prize.
Going to Hawaii to Learn About Nantucket
With a prestigious New Directions fellowship, a history professor will study the Hawaiian language—and then use that skill to research myriad connections between Massachusetts and the Pacific Ocean.Read more