A map with other illustrations.

Leo Belgicus by Petrus Kaerius (Pieter van den Keere), 1617. (This image is in the public domain.)

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.


History Courses

Course # Course Title Level
21H.001 How to Stage a Revolution Undergraduate
21H.007J Empire: Introduction to Ancient and Medieval Studies Undergraduate
21H.009 The World: 1400-Present Undergraduate
21H.101 American History to 1865 Undergraduate
21H.102 The Emergence of Modern America 1865-Present Undergraduate
21H.104J Riots, Strikes, and Conspiracies in American History Undergraduate
21H.105 American Classics (Spring 2006) Undergraduate
21H.105 American Classics (Fall 2002) Undergraduate
21H.106J Black Matters: Introduction to Black Studies Undergraduate
21H.107J Introduction to Asian American Studies: Literature, Culture, and Historical Experience Undergraduate
21H.108J Sexual and Gender Identities Undergraduate
21H.112 The American Revolution Undergraduate
21H.116J The Civil War and Reconstruction Undergraduate
21H.134J Medieval Economic History in Comparative Perspective Undergraduate
21H.141 Renaissance To Revolution: Europe, 1300-1800 Undergraduate
21H.153J Race and Gender in Asian America Undergraduate
21H.161 The Middle East in the 20th Century Undergraduate
21H.181 Libertarianism in History Undergraduate
21H.185 Introduction to Environmental History (Spring 2011) Undergraduate
21H.205 The Civil War and the Emergence of Modern America, 1861-1890 Undergraduate
21H.206 American Consumer Culture Undergraduate
21H.207 The Energy Crisis: Past and Present Undergraduate
21H.209 America in Depression and War Undergraduate
21H.211 The United States in the Nuclear Age Undergraduate
21H.221 The Places of Migration in United States History Undergraduate
21H.223 War & American Society Undergraduate
21H.224 Law and Society in US History Undergraduate
21H.225J Gender and the Law in U.S. History Undergraduate
21H.231J American Urban History I Undergraduate
21H.232J American Urban History II Undergraduate
21H.234J Downtown Undergraduate
21H.235 Metropolis: History of New York City Undergraduate
21H.237 The City of Athens in the Age of Pericles Undergraduate
21H.244 Imperial and Revolutionary Russia: Culture and Politics, 1700-1917 Undergraduate
21H.250 Asia in the Modern World: Images & Representations Undergraduate
21H.301 The Ancient World: Greece Undergraduate
21H.302 The Ancient World: Rome Undergraduate
21H.306 The Emergence of Europe: 500-1300 Undergraduate
21H.311 The Renaissance, 1300-1600 Undergraduate
21H.319 Race, Crime, and Citizenship in American Law Undergraduate
21H.326 The Making of Russia in the Worlds of Byzantium, Mongolia, and Europe Undergraduate
21H.342 The Royal Family Undergraduate
21H.343J Making Books: The Renaissance and Today Undergraduate
21H.346 France, 1660-1815: Enlightenment, Revolution, Napoleon Undergraduate
21H.365 Cultural Pluralism in Modern Middle East Undergraduate
21H.380J People and Other Animals (Fall 2013) Undergraduate
21H.402 The Making of a Roman Emperor Undergraduate
21H.405J The Ancient City Undergraduate
21H.411 History of Western Thought, 500-1300 Undergraduate
21H.418 From Print to Digital: Technologies of the Word, 1450-Present Undergraduate
21H.421 Introduction to Environmental History (Spring 2011) Undergraduate
21H.433 The Age of Reason: Europe from the 17th to the Early 19th Centuries Undergraduate
21H.443 European Imperialism in the 19th and 20th Centuries Undergraduate
21H.447 Nazi Germany and the Holocaust Undergraduate
21H.467J Soviet Politics and Society, 1917-1991 Undergraduate
21H.504 East Asia in the World Undergraduate
21H.522 Japan in the Age of the Samurai: History and Film Undergraduate
21H.560 Smashing the Iron Rice Bowl: Chinese East Asia Undergraduate
21H.571 The Making of Modern South Asia Undergraduate
21H.575J Women in South Asia from 1800 to Present Undergraduate
21H.580 From the Silk Road to the Great Game: China, Russia, and Central Eurasia Undergraduate
21H.601 Islam, the Middle East, and the West Undergraduate
21H.802 Modern Latin America, 1808-Present: Revolution, Dictatorship, Democracy Undergraduate
21H.907 Trials in History Undergraduate
21H.913J Making the Modern World: The Industrial Revolution in Global Perspective Undergraduate
21H.914 Jewish History from Biblical to Modern Times Undergraduate
21H.927J The Economic History of Work and Family Undergraduate
21H.931 Seminar in Historical Methods (Spring 2004) Undergraduate
21H.931 Seminar in Historical Methods (Spring 2003) Undergraduate
21H.931 Seminar in Historical Methods (Spring 2002) Undergraduate
21H.S01 Food in American History Undergraduate
21H.952J Readings in American History Since 1877 Graduate
21H.968J Nature, Environment, and Empire Graduate
21H.980J People and Other Animals (Fall 2013) Graduate
21H.991 Theories and Methods in the Study of History (Fall 2014) Graduate
21H.991 Theories and Methods in the Study of History (Fall 2010) Graduate

Archived History Courses

Some prior versions of courses listed above have been archived in OCW's DSpace@MIT repository for long-term access and preservation. Links to archived prior versions of a course may be found on that course's "Other Versions" tab.

Additionally, the Archived History Courses page has links to every archived course from this department.