Minor in History

The minor requirements involve 6 courses (18 credits), including:

  • 2 core-level sequence (six credits) in History (1000-level courses)
    • Students with AP credit in European or World History may substitute any two electives worth at least six credits (2000- or 4000-level)
  • 2 electives worth at least six credits (2000- or 4000-level)
  • 2 upper-division courses (4000-level)

Students can choose their electives freely from among the department’s offerings but are strongly encouraged to take at least one course in non-Western history.

Advanced placement credit cannot be used to satisfy minor requirements, but students who have fulfilled the History Core through advanced placement may substitute 2 electives (worth at least 6 credits) in order to complete the required 6 courses (and 18 credits).

Note on Foreign Study Credit

One or two foreign studies courses can be accepted toward minor requirements (although at least 3 of the 6 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.