Our understanding of history is in a perpetual state of flux. We are constantly raising new questions about the past and exploring innovative approaches to addressing complex problems. In our Master of Arts in History program you will learn to interpret sources and analyze different perspectives.

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Prepare for the future by examining the past

Through an individualized course of study, you will gain a broad understanding of diverse eras and places and deepen your knowledge of specialized historical topics. We combine coursework with strong faculty mentoring in areas like American history, modern Europe, East Asia and the Middle East, global and comparative history, women and gender, maritime history, the Atlantic world, memory studies and public history. You will also have access to a vibrant array of historic sites and manuscript collections that surround our Boston campus.

Pursuing either a Master's in history or a dual degree in history/teaching or history/archives management, our students are well prepared for careers in education, research, archives management, librarianship, curation and various other forms of public history.

This program requires 36 semester hours, the equivalent of nine courses. All students should take one course in historical methodology and historiography; a series of electives; and a culminating research project or internship (fieldwork, thesis, teaching practicum, or public history internship). Students may enroll on either a full-time or part-time basis as long as they complete the program within five years.

Required Courses

  • HIST 597 Historical Methods and Research

Elective Courses - partial list* (24 or 28 credits)

  • HIST 527 Archives, History, and Collective Memory
  • HIST 529 Film and Historical Representations
  • HIST 535 Sites of History: Research Seminar in Public History
  • HIST 560 Seminar in the History of Women and Gender
  • HIST 561 Cross-Cultural Encounters
  • HIST 562 Reforms and Revolutions in Asia
  • HIST 564 Rape of Nanjing
  • HIST 565 9/11 Narratives 
  • HIST 567 Memory and the Holocaust
  • HIST 571 Seminar in Early American History 
  • HIST 572 Race and Gender in the Atlantic World 
  • HIST 573 Seminar in the Nineteenth-Century United States
  • HIST 574 Seminar in the Modern United States
  • HIST 575 Cold War Culture 
  • HIST 577 Topics in Modern European History
  • HIST 578 Lives of Faith
  • HIST 597  Historical Methods and Research  

Independent Study (4 or 8 credits)

  • HIST 450 Independent Study
  • HIST 455 Thesis
  • HIST 570 Internship
  • HIST 580 Fieldwork

*This coursework is subject to change and varies by semester.

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Sarah Leonard

  • Associate Professor and Acting Chair, Department of Critical Race, Gender and Cultural Studies