Mission Statement

The History Department has four inter-related goals:

1) For our History majors, we aim for our students to gain both historical knowledge and a broad range of related analytical skills. In terms of knowledge, students will gain a broad understanding of global historical events over time and across regions, while also specializing on a particular area or theme of interest. In terms of skills, students will learn to read and think critically, to conduct research with primary and secondary sources, to analyze conflicting information, and to make coherent written and oral arguments.

2) For undergraduate non-majors, we aim to provide a wide range of global or trans-regional courses that cover a variety of themes and issues relevant to undergraduate students from any major, college, or school at Northeastern University. In so doing, we wish to demonstrate the centrality of historical knowledge and skills to understanding contemporary issues, whether these be political, cultural, social, or scientific.

3) For our graduate students, we aim to provide the highest quality professional training in both World History and Public History—the two hallmarks of our program. In World History, we provide support for students interested in innovative transnational or global projects by offering focused coursework, close mentoring, and professional training. In Public History, we provide rigorous scholarly and professional training complemented by extensive fieldwork opportunities.

4) For our faculty, we aim to provide a supportive environment for faculty to undertake path-breaking research projects on a wide variety of transnational and global projects, to encourage the pursuit of competitive national grants, and to reward excellence in both publications and teaching.