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The undergraduate program in history at Northeastern University challenges students to think critically about the past, inspires them to examine their perspectives on the present, and encourages them to intelligently shape the future.  

The history major is a highly mentored program where students work with research faculty to develop skills – questioning, reasoning, writing, and presenting – that prepare them for careers in advertising, journalism, publishing, and teaching. History majors also go on to graduate school in history, museum science, education, law school, and business school. Many work in international fields.

Consistent with Northeastern’s dedication to experiential learning, we engage our students both in and outside of the classroom. History students conduct research in the United States, and abroad, building their arguments from primary sources, historians’ writings and appropriate theoretical literatures. Undergraduates are guided in their research interests, and many are awarded scholarships to further develop their ideas and present their work.

The Department of History includes twenty faculty whose expertise include: Public History; the Global Sixties; Eastern European History; the History of Espionage; the History of the Modern Museum; Urban History; Maritime History; French History; the History of Empires; African-American History; Japanese History; Twentieth Century European History; Middle Eastern and Ottoman History; African History; Environmental History; Atlantic History; German History; the History of Gender; Modern Chinese History; the History of Film; the Digital Humanities; World History; the History of Britain; and Latin American History. Several of our faculty sit on the editorial boards of major journals in their fields, and on the executive councils of national conferences.

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