Minor in History

History embraces the sum of the human experience and facilitates imaginative encounters with the past. The study of the past not only prepares students for understanding the present, but also arms them with important research and professional skills: the ability to evaluate evidence, which is often incomplete or contradictory; construct plausible interpretations of, or arguments about, that evidence; and present their interpretations in a coherent, persuasive manner. Every course of study can be complemented by the targeted development of historical knowledge, so the purpose of this minor is to offer students a chance to develop their own particular interests in history through a flexible course of study.


The minor in History consists of six 4-credit history courses.

There are no distributional requirements, but students must take:

  • At least one history seminar (CAS HI courses at the 400 and 500 levels)
  • No more than two history courses below the CAS HI 200 level

Students must earn a minimum grade of C in courses taken toward the minor. At least three of the courses taken for the minor must be completed at Boston University.