History Core

As part of BC's esteemed Core Curriculum, History Core courses offer long-term and global perspectives on the social, economic, political, and cultural factors that shape human experience.

History Core courses introduce students to the importance of historical context and the process of historical change by examining which aspects of human life have changed and which have endured over time and across different regions of the world. Students learn how to interpret the past using primary sources, and they acquire breadth of knowledge, a critical framework, and analytical skills.

By studying past events, students develop an understanding of the historical roots of contemporary societies and come to view the present with a sharper eye, appreciating that it, too, is contingent and will one day be re-examined and reconstructed. Through this process, students become better-informed and more open-minded whole persons, prepared to engage in the world.

Director of the History Core Program

Please contact
Prof. Ling Zhang at
with any questions you may have.

Volunteer Tutors

Whether you're a major, minor, or neither, our History Volunteer Tutors are here to help with anything from writing papers to studying for exams. Take a look our Volunteer Tutors spreadsheet and contact the tutor who you think might best suit your needs.