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Undergraduate Program — History Minor

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The History minor requires six courses worth at least 18 credits. It begins with the two Core courses in history and concludes with two upper-division electives (numbered HIST4001-4899) worth at least six credits. In between, students can choose two other courses (worth at least six credits) freely from among the Department’s offerings. Because many Core courses emphasize Europe, students minoring in history are encouraged to take at least one course in non-Western history. Advanced placement credit cannot be used to satisfy minor requirements, but students who have fulfilled the History Core through advanced placement may substitute two electives (worth at least six credits) in order to complete the required six courses (and 18 credits).

To summarize, the minor requirements involve six courses (18 credits), including:

  • Two core-level sequence (six credits) in Modern History (HIST1001-1111)
    • Students with AP credit in European or World History may substitute any two electives worth at least six credits (HIST2001-2999 and HIST4001-4899)
  • Two electives worth at least six credits (HIST2001-2999 and HIST4001-4899)
  • Two upper-division courses (HIST4001-4899)

For information and advice about the History Minor, please contact either Prof. Charles Gallagher or Prof. Mark Gelfand. You are welcome during their office hours or you may set up an appointment. 

Note on Foreign Study Credit

One or two foreign studies courses can be accepted toward minor requirements (although at least three of the six courses, worth at least nine credits, must be taken at Boston College during the regular academic year). Normally foreign-study courses are accepted for minor elective (not upper-division) credit. If you believe that a course you are taking abroad is as challenging as one of our upper-division electives (i.e., it has substantial reading and writing requirements), you should compile evidence to support this. Save everything, especially the course syllabus and the paper(s) you write! After you return, you can try to persuade Prof. Robert Savage to count the course as an upper-division elective. Only one course taken abroad can count toward the minor for upper-division credit; at least one upper-division course must be taken at BC.