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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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Foundational Courses (16 credits):

Advanced Seminars:

4 credits from the following:

US History and European History

8 credits from:

Global History

8 credits from:

Cognate Course

Four credits from a cognate discipline outside the major, chosen in consultation with the student's advisor.

    Capstone Options

    One of the following:

    • HIS 425 - Internship Credits: 2 or 4 
    • CCI 425 - Career and Connection Institute Internship Credits: 0 
    • An additional 4 credits of advanced seminars
    • Honors thesis HIS 471 - Research I and HIS 472 - Research II Credits: 8    Students must be approved by the department.

      Optional Concentrations

      The following concentrations are available to majors. Select courses will apply to both major and concentration requirements.

        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.

              Required courses:

              One of the following concentration electives:


              ECB 245 will only apply once, as either a required course or a concentration elective and will not apply as both.