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Department of History

The MIT History Faculty offers about 70 subjects in the areas of Ancient, North American, European, East Asian, and Middle Eastern history. Students are encouraged to study the past from a variety of perspectives - social, economic, cultural, and political - and to understand the world they inhabit as a product of historical processes.

Undergraduates can concentrate, minor, and major in History. In addition, the History Faculty collaborates with the MIT Program in Science, Technology, and Society, and the Anthropology Program, to offer the doctoral program in the History and Social Study of Science and Technology.

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Undergraduate Courses
MIT Course #Course Title
21H.101 American History to 1865, Fall 2005
21H.102 The Emergence of Modern America 1865-Present, Spring 2003
21H.104J Riots, Strikes, and Conspiracies in American History, Fall 2004
21H.105 American Classics, Fall 2002
21H.105 American Classics, Spring 2006
21H.112 The American Revolution, Spring 2006
21H.116J The Civil War and Reconstruction, Fall 2005
21H.126 America in Depression and War, Spring 2003
21H.131 America in the Nuclear Age, Fall 2000
21H.150J Introduction to Asian American Studies: Literature, Culture, and Historical Experience, Fall 2005
21H.153J Race and Gender in Asian America, Spring 2006
21H.206 American Consumer Culture, Fall 2001
21H.221 The Places of Migration in United States History, Fall 2006
21H.223 War & American Society, Fall 2002
21H.224 Law and Society in US History, Spring 2003
21H.225J Gender and the Law in U.S. History, Spring 2004
21H.231J American Urban History I, Spring 2005
21H.232J American Urban History II, Fall 2004
21H.234J Downtown, Spring 2005
21H.301 The Ancient World: Greece, Fall 2004
21H.302 The Ancient World: Rome, Spring 2005
21H.306 The Emergence of Europe: 500-1300, Fall 2003
21H.311 The Renaissance, 1300-1600, Fall 2004
21H.326 The Making of Russia in the Worlds of Byzantium, Mongolia, and Europe, Spring 1998
21H.342 The Royal Family, Fall 2003
21H.346 France 1660-1815: Enlightenment, Revolution, Napoleon, Fall 2005
21H.402 The Making of a Roman Emperor, Fall 2005
21H.405J The Ancient City, Spring 2005
21H.411 History of Western Thought, 500-1300, Fall 2004
21H.416J Medieval Economic History in Comparative Perspective, Spring 2006
21H.418 From Print to Digital: Technologies of the Word, 1450-Present, Fall 2005
21H.421 Introduction to Environmental History, Spring 2004
21H.433 The Age of Reason: Europe in the 18th and 19th Centuries, Spring 2005
21H.443 European Imperialism in the 19th and 20th Centuries, Spring 2006
21H.447 Nazi Germany and the Holocaust, Fall 2004
21H.466 Imperial and Revolutionary Russia, 1800-1917, Fall 2002
21H.467J Soviet Politics and Society, 1917-1991, Spring 2003
21H.504 East Asia in the World, Spring 2003
21H.522 Japan in the Age of the Samurai: History and Film, Fall 2006
21H.560 Smashing the Iron Rice Bowl: Chinese East Asia, Fall 2004
21H.580 From the Silk Road to the Great Game: China, Russia, and Central Eurasia, Fall 2003
21H.601 Islam, the Middle East, and the West, Fall 2006
21H.615 The Middle East in 20th Century, Spring 2003
21H.802 Modern Latin America, 1808-Present: Revolution, Dictatorship, Democracy, Spring 2005
21H.907 Trials in History, Fall 2000
21H.909 People and Other Animals, Fall 2005
21H.912 The World Since 1492, Fall 2004
21H.912 The World Since 1492, Spring 2003
21H.917J Visualizing Cultures, Spring 2003
21H.927J The Economic History of Work and Family, Spring 2005
21H.931 Seminar in Historical Methods, Spring 2004
21H.931 Seminar in Historical Methods, Spring 2002
21H.931 Seminar in Historical Methods, Spring 2003

Graduate Courses
MIT Course #Course Title
21H.234J Downtown, Spring 2005
21H.418 From Print to Digital: Technologies of the Word, 1450-Present, Fall 2005
21H.952J Readings in American History Since 1877, Fall 2003
21H.968J Nature, Environment, and Empire, Spring 2005
21H.991J Theories and Methods in the Study of History, Fall 2004
21H.991J Theories and Methods in the Study of History, Fall 2003