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.
History of Dynastic China
This introductory course provides a broad overview of China’s long history and major cultural traditions from its very beginnings to the eve of modernity.
Power and Resistance in the Black Atlantic
This course will trace the formation of "the Black Atlantic" or "the African Diaspora" by examining both large-scale historical processes as well as the lives of individual Africans and African-Americans.
The Cuban Revolution, 1959–2009
This course will provide an in-depth examination of the origins, course, development, and historical interpretations of the Cuban revolution over its first half-century.
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