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.
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Gain a life-long mentor: our award-winning faculty members work closely with their advisees.
The sky is the limit: our alumni enter a variety of exciting careers around the world.
Boston has an embarrassment of riches when it comes to historical resources, making it one of the best places in the country to study history.
Become a global citizen and see the world: our majors frequently participate in study abroad programs.
Gain professional experience: many of our students complete internships to prepare for their future careers.
A different kind of learning experience: our students have the opportunity to complete hands-on projects in their classes such as creating exhibitions.
- Students will gain an understanding of the processes of historical change and a depth of knowledge in at least one historical period, geographical area or topical field.
- Students will be able to critique the use and interpretation of evidence in historical works.
- Students will be able to develop their own historical research questions and research hypotheses and carry out an historical research project.