> 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

> Paul Jankowski in demand for expert commentary on the centennial of the Battle of Verdun

> Paul Jankowski writes an op-ed for the NY Times marking the 100th anniversary of the start of the Battle of Verdun

> Greg Childs publishes article in Social Text

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

> Rousseau and the Dilemmas of Modernity, edited by Mark Hulliung, has just appeared from Transaction Publishers

> History Department statement on #FordHall2015

> 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)

> 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

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Jennifer Morgan, NYU
Title: Partus Sequitur Ventrem: Considering Slave Law, Intimacy, and Privacy for the History of Women in Slavery
April 6, 2016
5:00 - 6:30 PM
Location: Olin Sang 207

Sven Beckert, Harvard University
Title: Empire of Cotton: The Global Origins of Modern Capitalism
March 8, 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.