> Memorial planned at OAH meeting in New Orleans for George Washington University Professor Emeritus James Oliver Horton (Ph.D. '73)

> Carina Ray's book Crossing the Color Line wins AHA 2016 Wesley-Logan Prize

> Brian Donahue elected to membership of the American Antiquarian Society

> Brandeis History alumnus Benjamin Irvin (Ph.D. 2004) named executive editor of the Journal of American History

> Princeton Professor Julian Zelizer (History '91) writes about the importance of campus activism in Brandeis Magazine

> Paul Jankowski attends battle of Verdun commemorative event along with heads of state

> Paul Jankowski publishes feature article in Le Monde

> Brandeis History alumna Nancy F. Cott (Ph.D. 1974) begins term as OAH president

> PhD Candidate Geraldine Gudefin awarded prestigious Posen Foundation Fellowship

> Naghmeh Sohrabi writes on the power of books in Age of Revolutions blog

> In a new article for TIME, Ph.D. candidate Sascha Cohen explores the history of sexual harassment in America

> Greg Childs publishes article in Social Text

> Xing Hang publishes book, Conflict and Commerce in Maritime East Asia, with Cambridge University Press

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"Women as Agents of Change? Fresh Perspectives on Gender & Religion"
Wednesday, March 29
4-6 PM
Location: Liberman Miller Lecture Hall / Hadassah-Brandeis Institute
Natalie Cornett on nineteenth-century Polish women's activists
April French on evangelical women in Soviet Siberia
Geraldine Gudefin on female Jewish immigrants to France and the US in the early 20th century
Michelle Mann on Algerian Muslim women (19th & 20th centuries)
Presented by Hadassah-Brandeis Institute

Faculty Grad Workshop
Presenting: April French
Thursday, April 6
12-1:30 PM
Location: Olin Sang 207

Amy C. Offner, University of Pennsylvania
Title: "Building the Decentralized State: The United States and Colombia from Developmentalism to Neoliberalism"
Thursday, April 20
4-5:30 PM
Location: Olin Sang 207

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Welcome to History

Despite its relatively small size, the Department of History offers Brandeis students a comprehensive education in the study of the past, both on the undergraduate (major, minor and B.A./M.A.) and on the graduate level (M.A. and Ph.D.). Indeed, its Ph.D. program has consistently received high marks in national surveys and rankings, and can boast an outstanding placement record.

These programs combine:
  • intensive work with world-class faculty members;
  • flexible requirements that encourage students to define their own courses of study;
  • a vibrant intellectual community within a small research university; and
  • extensive documentary resources at Brandeis and in the greater Boston area.

Undergraduate program

The major in history seeks to provide students with a broad introduction to the development of the modern world. The major is flexible, enabling students to devise individual programs tailored to their own specific needs and interests.

M.A. in history

Designed to meet the varied academic and professional needs of graduate students, the M.A. program is especially well suited to students interested in comparative and transnational history.

Ph.D. in history

Our Ph.D. program offers opportunities for students to study many areas of world history, building on our special strengths in American and European history.