Brandeis University's Department of History offers students a comprehensive, flexible, varied, and vibrant education in the study of the past, in a small, collegial environment. Our Ph.D. program has consistently received high rankings in national surveys and has an outstanding placement record. The History department takes pride in having among its faculty and alumni several award-winning historians. It combines the best of both worlds: the intimacy of a small liberal-arts college department and the intellectual strength of a major research institution.
As historical scholarship increasingly crosses boundaries of discipline and nation, the M.A. and Ph.D. programs in History train students to research, write, and teach history at the highest level. Our program’s broad and rigorous training will equip students to make a contribution beyond the academy; students are encouraged to tackle problems of large and urgent importance, not only to other scholars, but to wider civic dialogues that require an understanding of the past. Our faculty members prepare future historians for the excitement and challenges of a career devoted to exploring and explaining the past. Our 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.
Our program offers opportunities for students to study many areas of world history, building on the department's special strengths in American and European history. Students take a mix of thematic seminars covering broad historical questions as well as colloquia providing intensive study of regional and national histories. Students also engage in primary-source research from the time they arrive on campus, working independently with the help of faculty advisers.
All students admitted to the Ph.D. program receive tuition waivers and fellowships renewable for a total of five years. M.A. applicants are eligible for merit- and need-based aid.