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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Updated within the past 180 days

MIT Course #Course TitleTerm
21H.001How to Stage a RevolutionFall 2007
 21H.101American History to 1865Fall 2005
 21H.102The Emergence of Modern America 1865-PresentSpring 2003
 21H.104JRiots, Strikes, and Conspiracies in American HistoryFall 2004
 21H.105American ClassicsFall 2002
 21H.105American ClassicsSpring 2006
 21H.112The American RevolutionSpring 2006
 21H.116JThe Civil War and ReconstructionFall 2005
 21H.126America in Depression and WarSpring 2003
 21H.131America in the Nuclear AgeFall 2000
 21H.150JIntroduction to Asian American Studies: Literature, Culture, and Historical ExperienceFall 2005
 21H.153JRace and Gender in Asian AmericaSpring 2006
21H.206American Consumer CultureFall 2007
 21H.221The Places of Migration in United States HistoryFall 2006
 21H.223War & American SocietyFall 2002
 21H.224Law and Society in US HistorySpring 2003
 21H.225JGender and the Law in U.S. HistorySpring 2004
 21H.231JAmerican Urban History ISpring 2005
 21H.232JAmerican Urban History IIFall 2004
 21H.234JDowntownSpring 2005
 21H.301The Ancient World: GreeceFall 2004
 21H.302The Ancient World: RomeSpring 2005
 21H.306The Emergence of Europe: 500-1300Fall 2003
 21H.311The Renaissance, 1300-1600Fall 2004
 21H.326The Making of Russia in the Worlds of Byzantium, Mongolia, and EuropeSpring 1998
 21H.342The Royal FamilyFall 2003
 21H.346France 1660-1815: Enlightenment, Revolution, NapoleonFall 2005
 21H.402The Making of a Roman EmperorFall 2005
 21H.405JThe Ancient CitySpring 2005
 21H.411History of Western Thought, 500-1300Fall 2004
 21H.416JMedieval Economic History in Comparative PerspectiveSpring 2006
 21H.418From Print to Digital: Technologies of the Word, 1450-PresentFall 2005
 21H.421Introduction to Environmental HistorySpring 2004
 21H.433The Age of Reason: Europe in the 18th and 19th CenturiesSpring 2005
 21H.443European Imperialism in the 19th and 20th CenturiesSpring 2006
 21H.447Nazi Germany and the HolocaustFall 2004
 21H.466Imperial and Revolutionary Russia, 1800-1917Fall 2002
 21H.467JSoviet Politics and Society, 1917-1991Spring 2003
 21H.504East Asia in the WorldSpring 2003
 21H.522Japan in the Age of the Samurai: History and FilmFall 2006
 21H.560Smashing the Iron Rice Bowl: Chinese East AsiaFall 2004
 21H.571The Making of Modern South AsiaFall 2006
 21H.575JWomen in South Asia from 1800 to PresentFall 2006
 21H.580From the Silk Road to the Great Game: China, Russia, and Central EurasiaFall 2003
 21H.601Islam, the Middle East, and the WestFall 2006
 21H.615The Middle East in 20th CenturySpring 2003
 21H.802Modern Latin America, 1808-Present: Revolution, Dictatorship, DemocracySpring 2005
 21H.907Trials in HistoryFall 2000
 21H.909People and Other AnimalsFall 2005
 21H.912The World Since 1492Fall 2004
 21H.912The World Since 1492Spring 2003
21H.914Jewish History from Biblical to Modern TimesFall 2007
21H.917JVisualizing CulturesSpring 2008
 21H.927JThe Economic History of Work and FamilySpring 2005
 21H.931Seminar in Historical MethodsSpring 2004
 21H.931Seminar in Historical MethodsSpring 2002
 21H.931Seminar in Historical MethodsSpring 2003
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Updated within the past 180 days

MIT Course #Course TitleTerm
 21H.234JDowntownSpring 2005
 21H.418From Print to Digital: Technologies of the Word, 1450-PresentFall 2005
 21H.952JReadings in American History Since 1877Fall 2003
 21H.968JNature, Environment, and EmpireSpring 2005
 21H.991JTheories and Methods in the Study of HistoryFall 2004
 21H.991JTheories and Methods in the Study of HistoryFall 2003
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