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AP and Transfer Credits

Advanced Placement Credit

Students who scored a four or five in AP European History have fulfilled the History Core requirement. If your course audit does not reflect this, consult the Core Moderator.

Students who scored a four or five in AP American History have fulfilled the major requirement in American Civilization and are not required to take HS 181-182. If your course audit does not reflect this, see the Department Administrators.

Transfer Credit in History

History majors who have transferred from other colleges and universities must consult the Director of Undergraduate Studies to see how the history elective courses accepted for Boston College credit by the transfer admissions staff will be applied toward major requirements. For transfer of Core history courses, see the Core Moderator.

Boston College history majors hoping to take summer school elective courses, either at BC or elsewhere, must first seek approval from the Director of Undergraduate Studies. When you meet with the Director of Undergraduate Studies, bring with you the catalog description of the course(s) you want to take. If you are planning to take a summer school course away from BC, it must be at a four-year college or university. You should expect to get elective (not upper-division) credit for summer school courses. American History surveys are usually accepted in place of HS 181-182, and it is possible to take courses for non-Western credit, as long as the course's non-Western content is clear from the course description. Students intending to study abroad should remember that at least six of the ten courses required for the major must be taken at BC during the regular academic year. Anyone desiring to take a History Core course in summer school must see the Core Moderator.

For additional information on the history major, please click on the specific topics listed on the left.