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About the Department

From the local to the global, from ancient to contemporary times, the past opens a window on our world. Our students study history not by memorizing dates but by sifting evidence into cogent argument. This sought-after skillset is the foundation of history—and fields from teaching to law, business, nonprofits and more. Two program tracks, teacher education and liberal arts, challenge students with seminar-style classes and on-site research, closely guided by faculty scholars.

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Teacher Certification Programs

Pair history with your choice of several education majors (our newly minted teachers are prized hires).

Research in the Field

Study history where it lives, from the battlefields of Gettysburg to the state archives in Trenton.


World of Opportunity

Go global with world history, language study, and faculty-led trips to Tajikistan, South Africa and more.

Recent News / Announcements

  • August 7, 2017

    The History Department is proud to announce that Professor Jo-Ann Gross has just received a grant from the National Endowment of the Humanities  for her project Ismailism in Badakhshan: A Genealogical and Documentary History.  This 3-year collaborative project, with Umed Mamadsherzodshoev of the Institute of Humanities, Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Tajikistan, Khorogh, Badakhshan,...

  • June 20, 2017

    The John L. Nau III Center for Civil War History at the University of Virginia has named Lincoln and the Politics of Slavery as the winner of the 2017 Bobbie and John Nau Book Prize in American Civil War Era History.  The History Department congratulates Professor Emeritus Dr. Daniel W. Crofts on this incredible achievement....

  • February 27, 2017

    Professor René Alexander Orquiza presents "Progressive Sustainability in the Periphery: the introduction of American Agronomy and Cooking in Philippine Public Schools, 1902-1920."

  • February 27, 2017

    Professor Robert McGreevey and his Trenton Research Seminar panel present “Toward a More Just City: The Struggle for Racial Equality in Education and Housing in Trenton, 1943-1973.”

  • February 27, 2017

    The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) at Brandeis University launched the Diversity, Excellence and Inclusion Scholarship (DEIS), an award that enables five students from non-traditional backgrounds to pursue a master’s degree.