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History Courses

History students benefit from a rich selection of integrated courses that include the foundations and development of Western society as well as global cultures. Living on Boston's historic North Shore in the heart of New England provides students with a host of beyond-the-classroom learning opportunities through historical sites, libraries, museums, and more.

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History majors are required to take 40 credits of historical offerings beyond the core requirement. Please note that courses which apply to multiple categories may only fulfill one category. The following must be included in the course selections:

Eight credits from the following Advanced Seminars:

One of the following (4 credits)

    History of Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America

    At least 4 credits each from three of the following five categories:

      History of the Ancient and Classical World

      History of Medieval Europe

      History of Early Modern and Modern Europe

      United States History

      Public History and Museum Studies


      The remainder of the major requirement consists of twelve credits of history electives.

      Majors anticipating graduate study in history are encouraged to elect additional history courses as well as to develop relevant language and research skills. History majors are strongly encouraged to pursue intermediate-level language study in French, German, Italian, Greek or Latin.

      Eight elective credits toward the history major may be fulfilled by language courses beyond the core requirement, either at the intermediate level of the core language or at the introductory level of a second language.

        Early Christianity

        The concentration (for history majors) and minor (for non-history majors) in Early Christianity introduces students to the world of the early church.  The program provides a historical context for the growth and global spread of Christianity and equips students with the analytical and language skills to pursue research on early Christian texts.


          Choose at least 12 credits from the following courses.  At least 8 credits should be history courses.


          Required Language (8 credits): Two semesters of one relevant ancient language (Koine Greek, Latin, Syriac).

            Public History and Museum Studies Concentration

            History majors interested in careers in museum education, museum administration, collections management, artifact conservation, archival and curatorial positions, as well as the growing field of history-related mass media and technology may complete a concentration in Public History and Museum Studies with courses listed below. Entry level positions in above fields may be attained by students with a bachelor’s degree. Specific requirements for a minor for non-history majors are described under Interdisciplinary and Off-Campus Curriculum. Contact Professor David Goss, History Department.


              One of the following:

              Double Major with Middle School and Secondary Education


                Students seeking licensure in Massachusetts as a teacher of history or social studies at the middle school and secondary education level (grades 5 - 12) should take HIS 232 - America 1492-1846, HIS 234 - America 1846-1941, HIS 237 - America 1941-Present , GEG 210 - Principles of Geography , and either HIS 378 - Evolution and Society or HIS 495 - Advanced Seminar: Ancient History (ancient science topic).