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The study of history helps one to make sense of the past and to understand today's internally diverse and internationally complex society. History helps us to learn about individuals and various ethnic and racial groups in the context of their times.

The Department of History at Simmons College offers courses that introduce students to a variety of historical regions, periods, and methodologies, as well as clusters of courses that give students the chance to develop expertise in a particular area of history. History graduates are prepared for careers as teachers, librarians and archivists, lawyers, writers, museum curators, researchers, business people, and government officials. Employers in many fields choose to hire history graduates because of their skills in reading, writing, research, and analysis. The Department of History offers research opportunities and internships in a variety of spheres to help students gain further knowledge and work experience.