Why Major in History?

Studying history helps us understand the complexities of this modern, globalized world. Students develop critical thinking skills, learn to write persuasively, and deepen their cultural awareness. While some graduates go on to study history at a graduate level, others thrive in professions such as law, business, government, journalism, and teaching.

History Department Programs

Grounded in Boston College's renowned liberal arts tradition, the history major offers a robust grounding in the contemporary practice of history that will prepare you to address the challenges of the present.

The six-course minor in history includes two core courses, two electives, and two upper-division history courses, offering the opportunity to delve into a particular region or period of interest.

Our graduate programs attract talented students from across the U.S. and the world. The M.A. prepares students for careers in public history, education, and beyond, while the Ph.D. produces leading scholars.

Curious about majoring or minoring in history?
Email the director of undergraduate studies, Prof. Penelope Ismay, or schedule an appointment to learn more and get answers to your questions.

News and Notes

A Conversation with the President

At the invitation of the White House, Professor of History Heather Cox Richardson, author of the newsletter "Letters from an American," talked with President Joe Biden about American democracy in the 21st century.

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Whether you’re a major, a minor, or just want to know more about the department from a student’s point of view, Student Mentors are here to help. Please feel free to get in touch!

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