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Department of History

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Why study history?  Simply put, studying history is important in order to fully understand the complexities of this modern globalized world. Going far beyond the simple memorization of dates and events, students develop critical thinking skills, learn to write persuasively, and increase their cultural awareness. All of these skills are valued in any profession so while students may decide to continue on to study history at a graduate level, our majors also enter other professional fields such as law, business, government and foreign service, journalism, and teaching. 

At BC, our distinguished faculty members are active participants in the scholarly community, and they share their passion for innovative research through teaching and mentorship. The wealth of historical resources in the Boston area means that our students not only benefit from working closely with the faculty, but also from having access to world-class libraries, cultural institutions, and some of the oldest historical sites in the United States.

Department News
USA Today ranked Boston College as the seventh best college in the country for students to major in history.
The New York Times published an op-ed by Prof. Heather Cox Richardson
Prof. Martin Summers is the new Director of the African and African American Diaspora Studies Program.