Minor in History
The history minor offers students majoring in another discipline the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the past through a highly customizable program of study.
The history minor consists of 5 courses. Please note that each requirement is separate. There is no co-counting.
- 2 upper-division courses (4000-level)
- 1 LAMA elective*
- 2 electives (2000- or 4000-level)
* Latin American, Asian, Middle Eastern, or African.
Advanced Placement Credits
Advanced placement credit cannot be used to satisfy minor requirements, but students who have fulfilled the History Core through advanced placement may substitute two electives (worth at least six credits) in order to complete the required five courses (and 15 credits).
One or two foreign studies courses can be accepted toward minor requirements (although at least three of the five courses, worth at least 9 credits, must be taken at Boston College during the regular academic year).
Normally foreign-study courses are accepted for elective (not upper-division) credit. If you believe that a course you are taking abroad is as challenging as one of our upper-division electives (i.e., it has substantial reading and writing requirements), you should compile evidence to support this. Save everything, especially the course syllabus and the paper(s) you write! Only one course taken abroad can count toward the minor for upper-division credit; at least one upper-division course must be taken at BC.
For approval of your courses before you go abroad, please submit a Course Pre-Approval Form and the Study Abroad Course Evaluation Form and include supporting documentation such as syllabi and reading lists on both forms.
When you return to the U.S., you will need to fill out the Degree Audit Course Substitution and Waiver Form to get your courses applied to minor requirements (elective credit or upper-division credit). OGE will process your transcript after they receive it from your host institution and will forward it to Student Services for posting on your BC transcript.