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The study of history is essential to understand the world we live in today. By reflecting on the past through comprehensive research, analysis, and conversation, we work to better understand issues such as the future of democracy, the nature of citizenship, the origins and conduct of war, the foundations of racial conflict, poverty and prosperity, and more.  

America & The World: Local, Transnational, and Global Perspectives

The Northeastern Department of History invites you to explore this website. We welcome majors and non-majors to study a great range of subjects with a nationally and internationally acclaimed research faculty. Examples of topics we address include:

Maritime History; Cities in Africa; the History of Boston; the Holocaust and Comparative Genocide; the History of Espionage; the Japanese Empire; Environmental History; East Asian Capitalism; the Digital Humanities; Empires in World History; History of Gender and Sexuality; the History of Popular Memory; the History of the Cold War and Globalization; Russian and Soviet History; Latin American History; the History of the Drug Trade; and the History of Civil Wars and Insurgencies.

For majors, history at Northeastern emphasizes the study of national and regional histories as well as of the global exchanges between nations, regions, and cultures. Experience in conducting original research is a hallmark of the undergraduate program. Faculty research and teaching focus on Africa, Asia, the Americas, Europe, Russia, and the Soviet Union, the Atlantic World, the Middle East, and on the histories of race; imperialism and colonialism; violence and war; political and social movements; cultural history; women and gender; and public history. With guidance from their faculty mentors, history majors have won numerous research scholarships.

In addition to a university-sponsored semester abroad programs, history students regularly participate in month-long summer Dialogues of Civilization courses taught by history faculty in world cities, such as Prague, Istanbul, Accra, Beirut, Budapest, or Beijing.


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