Graduate work in History focuses on global and world history, which study the interactions among geographical regions and historical processes around the globe. Students at both the Master’s and Doctoral levels concentrate their work on the history of regions or peoples in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, or the United States, with attention to the intersections and connections between national, regional, and global developments. The Department of History also offers a Master’s degree with a concentration in Public History that emphasizes the study of topics such as material culture, historical exhibits and museums, historical agencies and archival administration. Recent doctoral students have been the recipients of major fellowships for conducting dissertation research abroad, including Fulbright, Fulbright-Hays, Social Science Research Council, and Chateaubriand Fellowships.
Faculty research interests cover a wide spectrum. Research projects underway include gender equality politics in the European Union; colonialism, law and culture in modern Europe; global environmental history; media in history; romantic nationalism and historical consciousness in the U.S. and Europe; Russian and Soviet music and culture; anti-Semitism in Eastern Europe; gender and race in the integration of the U.S. Army nurse corps; neo-liberalism in Mexico; distance running in Japan; international debates on beauty; 1960s youth revolts; ships in the North Atlantic; empires in Southeast Asia; and popular religion in world history.
PhD in History
The PhD program, with a focus on global, transnational and comparative history trains research historians who plan to teach at the college and university level. Systematic training in theory and methodology and preparation for college teaching are distinctive features of the Northeastern program.
Studies in world history include interactions among regions; long-term historical processes; and thematic topics such as trade, migration, disease, religions, state formation, and colonialism/post-colonialism. Candidates for the PhD in world history may emphasize African, Asian, European, or U.S. history in a global context.
Master of Arts in History
Concentration in World History
Master’s students are required to take Theory and Methodology I in the Fall semester of each year and must obtain a seminar grade of at least a B before enrolling in a research seminar. They are required to take one research seminar. In addition to the research seminar, six electives (24 credits) are required of all students. Normally, the department expects students to pay particular attention to the global focus of the program by taking courses with a global, transnational, or comparative emphasis, writing a master’s thesis in a global context, and/or taking a research seminar with such a focus.
Concentration in Public History
One of the oldest programs of its kind in North America, Northeastern’s Program in Public History has produced more than one hundred and fifty graduates who have gone on to significant positions in historical societies, museums, archives, business, documentary film production, and other related organizations. The Master of Arts in History with a concentration in Public History builds upon the Department of History’s rigorous program in the theory and practice of history with a series of courses taught by historians and professionals currently working in public history. Close partnerships between the History Department and a wealth of public historical organizations in Boston and New England provide students with a unique opportunity to develop strong research and writing skills in history, and a graduate program in public history, that can be shaped to their interests.