Courses Taken At Other Institutions
To obtain approval for courses completed at other institutions in the United States, a student should procure a transfer credit approval form in their college’s student records office. See below for electronic versions, where available:
- SHA: Contact the SHA Academic Counseling Office, 928 Commonwealth Avenue or 617-353-3261.
- SAR: Contact the SAR Academic Services Center, 635 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 207 or 617-353-2713
To obtain approval for courses completed at other institutions outside the United States, a student should procure a transfer credit approval form from the BU Abroad Office. Click here for an electronic version.
Take the appropriate form, together with a class syllabus, to the History Department office (room 308). The departmental Director of Undergraduate Studies will examine the request and, if approval is given, sign the form, which may be picked up by the student or returned to the student’s home school records office. A course syllabus is required. Allow up to two weeks for approval.
Students who received a score of 4 or 5 on the Advanced Placement examinations in history receive credit as follows:
- CAS HI 098 for the European History Examination
- CAS HI 099 for the American History Examination
- No credit is given for the World History Examination.
- NOTE: These courses cannot count toward the History concentration, and are to be used as general credits toward graduation.
College of General Studies
Students who complete College of General Studies courses CGS SS 102, SS 201, and SS 202 with a grade of C or higher will receive credit for CAS HI 102, HI 176, and, starting in Fall 2011 for new majors, HI 334. Students who complete CGS SS 103 and SS 104 with a grade of C or higher will receive credit for CAS HI 101 and HI 102. These course credits are given both for Major and Minor concentrators.
Students who complete the four-semester humanities sequence of the College of Arts & Sciences Core Curriculum with a grade of C or higher will receive credit for CAS HI 101 and HI 102.
Courses in the Metropolitan College
No more than four MET “HI” courses may be counted toward a History Major. No more than three MET “HI” courses may be counted toward a History Minor. In order to count a MET course toward a specific distributional requirement (course area) a Departmental Petition must be submitted along with the course syllabus and signed by the Director of Undergraduate Studies. MET courses do not fulfill the seminar/colloquium requirement of either the History Major or Minor.
Students transferring to Boston University
Of the courses required for the concentration, at least five (if major was declared before Fall 2011) or seven (if major was declared after Fall 2011) must be taken at Boston University: the core methodology course (CAS HI 200), the two seminars, and two (pre-2011 requirements) or four (post-2011 requirements) additional courses at the 200 level or above.