History is a gateway to both knowledge and perspective. Without a familiarity of the past, we are unable to benefit from the experiences of those who have come before us. History students develop skills in logical reasoning, research, marshaling evidence, argumentation, and written and oral expression. Broadly educated graduates with these skills are well-positioned for careers in a wide variety of fields - from law and business, to teaching, public service, and the media.The History Department offers students a wide range of options, including majors and minors in history and robust honors programs in both history and history and literature. The history department has particular strengths in the areas of American, European, African-American, and Asian history, as well as in the history of women and gender and public history.

History in Action

The Freedom Trail. The Old State House. The Charlestown Navy Yard. Bunker Hill. At Suffolk, these landmarks are your campus. Here, in a city rich with culture and steeped in history, our neighborhood is a mosaic of major moments in time.

Best of all, you’ll watch history being made: Suffolk is home to the Ford Hall Forum, America’s oldest free public lecture series. We’re known for hosting speakers who’ve changed the course of world affairs—from First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, to civil rights leaders Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr., to feminist pioneer Gloria Steinem.