The Department of History offers students a comprehensive education in the study of the past, both on the undergraduate and graduate levels. Our PhD program has consistently received high marks in national surveys and rankings and boasts an outstanding placement record.

Our programs combine:

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Professor Xing Hang


The history department’s faculty includes prize-winning scholars of international reputation. Distinguished for research and teaching alike, our faculty brings cutting-edge knowledge to the classroom.

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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.

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Graduate Programs

Brandeis graduate programs in history train students to research, write and teach history at the highest level. Our MA and PhD degrees emphasize the need for broad perspectives on urgent problems, rooted in a thorough and in-depth knowledge of the past.