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The ways in which we interpret and learn from the past plays a major role in how we approach the future. Whether pursuing a career in business, accounting, journalism or education, the study of history prepares you to think critically and communicate effectively. With scholars active in a diverse array of fields, the Department of History and its faculty members provide a wide range of opportunities for you to explore the past. Modern issues, regardless of the industry, are best tackled with an acute understanding of past events and societies. As work places change and sectors evolve, the skills gained from experience with historical studies provide the leaders of tomorrow with intangible skills and important perspectives.


Degree Programs

faculty teaching history

Teaching and Research Highlights

Reenacting the Civil War

Professor Cliff Putney's Civil War class meets with reenactment specialists to experience episodes from the war.

History Students in the World
Professor Cyrus Veeser and his Latin American History class traveled to Ecuador where they helped build a local medical clinic. Read more

New Books! In 2015, four faculty members published monographs and edited volumes. Congratulations to Professors Bridie Andrews, Chris Beneke, Sung Choi, and Cyrus Veeser! Trofimov Series on post-Civil War Russia

Professor Leonid Trofimov will publish several volumes in a document and commentary series on post-Civil War Russia for Hackett Publishers, a major press.

Centennial History of Bentley
Associate Professor Clifford Putney is spearheading an effort to produce a comprehensive history of Bentley for the school's centennial (2017).

Department News

Student News
Kevin De Raat, Dutch exchange student sends greetings to our History Department from the Netherlands!

2017 History Department Essay Prizes go to Michael Carnes and Ian Cumberland!
Michael Carnes minors in History and has won this year's Essay Prize for his paper "Epidemics and the Growth of Slavery in British North America" under the directorship of Professor Cyrus Veeser

History meets MBA
Professor Cyrus Veeser, member of the Environments team, introduces his module "Analyzing Complexity" to the Bentley MBA program, a course based on real live case studies.

Minoring in History at Bentley University

A private university in Waltham, MA, Bentley prepares the next generation of smart, nimble, and compassionate leaders by combining an advanced business curriculum with the best of the arts and sciences, using the latest technology across disciplines, providing hands-on experiential learning and internship opportunities, and offering top-ranked career services.


Bridie Andrews
Associate Professor and Department Chair Adamian Academic Center 127

Sung-eun Choi
Assistant Professor and Minors Coordinator

Cheryl Weiser
Academic Coordinator II