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.

Take a look at some articles addressing the importance and benefit of studying history and the humanities, learning outcomes of the history major, internship opportunities, and tips for writing papers.

Questions about majoring, double majoring, or minoring in History?

Get in touch with Prof. Oh or Prof. Ismay.

Director of Undergraduate Studies

Prof. Arrisa Oh
Stokes Hall S345

Director of Undergraduate Engagement

Prof. Penny Ismay
Stokes Hall S359