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> Check Out the Exciting New History Courses Being Offered this Spring

> Professor Naghmeh Sohrabi publishes cover article in Perspectives on History

> Professor David Engerman elected president of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR)

> Ph.D. candidate Sascha Cohen writes in TIME Magazine of the impact of Susan Brownmiller's book, 'Against Our Will,' on the 40th anniversary of its publication.

> French-Canadian docudrama based on Fischer’s book, Champlain's Dream, wins a prix Gémeaux

> Professor Michael Willrich offers a Historical Perspective on Anti-Vaxxers in Brandeis Magazine

> History Department Seeks Tenure-Track Historian of Early America

> Brandeis History Department Ranks 8th in Nation

> Ph.D. student Sascha Cohen writes TIME Magazine piece on the day women went on "strike."

> Professor David Fischer receives the prestigious Pritzker Military Museum & Library Literature Award for "Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing."

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Jonathan Dekel-Chen will be giving the annual Ray Ginger Lecture
Title: "Applying History: Old & New Lessons at the Intersections of Transnational Activism."
October 22, 2015
3:30 - 5:00 PM
Olin Sang 207

Joanne Meyerowitz, Yale University
Title:  "How Women Became the Deserving Poor: US Foreign Aid and the Movement to End World Poverty"
November 12, 2015
4:00 - 5:30 PM
Location: Pearlman Lounge

Sven Beckert, Harvard University
March 8, 2016
3:30 - 5:00 PM
Location: Olin Sang 207

Jennifer Morgan, NYU
April 7, 2016
3:30 - 5:00 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.