Computer Science and History, BS

The computer science and history combined major offers students the opportunity to gain both historical knowledge and a broad range of related analytical skills in both the humanities and computer science. You’ll define a history course cluster according to a thematic principle, with a focus on quantitative analysis in the field, complementing your foundation in programming.

Complete all courses listed below unless otherwise indicated. Also complete any corequisite labs, recitations, clinicals, or tools courses where specified and complete any additional courses needed beyond specific college and major requirements to satisfy graduation credit requirements.

University-Wide Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the University-Wide Requirements.

NUpath Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the NUpath Requirements.

Experiential Liberal Arts

All undergraduate students in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities are required to complete the Experiential Liberal Arts Requirement.

Computer Science Courses

Computer Science Overview
CS 1200Leadership Skill Development1
CS 1210Professional Development for Khoury Co-op1
Computer Science Fundamental Courses
A grade of C– or higher is required in all computer science fundamental courses except CS 1802:
CS 1800
and CS 1802
Discrete Structures
and Seminar for CS 1800
CS 2500
and CS 2501
Fundamentals of Computer Science 1
and Lab for CS 2500
CS 2510
and CS 2511
Fundamentals of Computer Science 2
and Lab for CS 2510
Computer Science Required Courses
CS 3000Algorithms and Data4
CS 3200Database Design4
CS 3500Object-Oriented Design4
IS 2000Principles of Information Science4
Presentation Requirement
THTR 1170The Eloquent Presenter1
Khoury Elective Courses
With advisor approval, directed study, research, project study, and appropriate graduate-level courses may also be taken as upper-division electives.
Complete 16 credits of upper-division CS, CY, DS, or IS courses that are not already required. Choose courses within the following ranges:16
CS 2500 or higher, except CS 5010
CY 2000 or higher, except CY 4930
DS 2000 or higher, except DS 4900
IS 2000 or higher, except IS 4900

History Courses

History Required Courses
HIST 1200Historical Research and Writing1
HIST 1201First-Year Seminar4
HIST 2301The History Seminar4
HIST 2302Historical Writing1
History Electives
Complete one introductory course from the following:4
East Asian Studies
Public History, Public Memory
Introduction to the History of the United States
Europe: Empires, Revolutions, Wars, and Their Aftermath
African History
Introduction to Middle Eastern History
Introduction to Latin American History
Picturing Modernity: The Photographic Image in Culture and Society
Introduction to Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Complete one course from the following:4
Pirates, Planters, and Patriots: Making the Americas, 1492–1804
Japanese Literature and Culture
Ancient Greece
Ancient Rome
Introduction to Russian Civilization
History of Espionage 1: Antiquity to World War II
Colonial and Revolutionary America
Complete three intermediate/advanced-level courses:12
Select from any HIST course numbered 2303 or above.
Complete one advanced-level course:4
Select from any HIST course numbered 3000 or above.
History Capstone Seminar or Senior Project
Complete one capstone experience from the following:4
Capstone Seminar
Public history concentrators may also select from the following:
Fieldwork in History 1

Integrative Course Requirement

HIST 2211The World Since 19454

Supporting Courses

Research Methods
Complete one course from the following:4
Quantitative Techniques
Statistics in Psychological Research
Statistical Analysis in Sociology
Geographic Information Systems
Geographical Information Systems
Computing and Social Issues
Complete one of the following:4
Wired/Unwired: Cybercultures and Technopolitics
Literature and Digital Diversity
Cyberlaw: Privacy, Ethics, and Digital Rights
Bostonography: The City through Data, Texts, Maps, and Networks
Technology and Human Values
The Twenty-First-Century Workplace
Environment, Technology, and Society
Computers and Society

Computer Science Writing Requirement

College Writing
ENGW 1111First-Year Writing4
or ENGW 1102 First-Year Writing for Multilingual Writers
Advanced Writing in the Disciplines
This requirement is satisfied by HIST 2302 taken in conjunction with HIST 2301.

Required General Electives

Complete 32 credits of general electives.32

Khoury College GPA Requirement

Minimum 2.000 GPA required in all CS, CY, DS, and IS courses

Computer Science and History GPA/Credit Requirement

Complete 98 semester hours in the major with a minimum 2.000 GPA

NUpath Requirements Satisfied

  • Engaging with the Natural and Designed World 
  • Conducting Formal and Quantitative Reasoning 
  • Analyzing and Using Data 
  • Writing in the First Year
  • Writing-Intensive in the Major 
  • Advanced Writing in the Disciplines 
  • Demonstrating Thought and Action in a Capstone 

 Integrating Knowledge and Skills Through Experience is satisfied through co-op.

Program Requirement

135 total semester hours required

Sample Patterns:

Four Years, Two Co-ops in Summer 2/Fall

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS 12001CS 2510
and CS 2511
5CS 35004Vacation
CS 1800
and CS 1802
5IS 20004Elective4 
CS 2500
and CS 2501
5CS 32004  
ENGW 11114Introductory history elective4  
HIST 12001   
HIST 12014   
 20 17 8 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS 30004CS 12101Elective4Co-op
HIST 23014Elective4Elective4 
HIST 23021Khoury elective 14  
History Pre-1800 elective4Intermediate history elective 14  
Research methods requirement4Intermediate history elective 24  
 17 17 8 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-opKhoury elective 24Elective4Co-op
 Intermediate history elective 34Elective4 
 Advanced history elective4  
 Computing and social issues4  
 THTR 11701  
 0 17 8 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1Hours 
Co-opKhoury elective 34Elective4 
 History capstone seminar or senior project4Elective4 
 History integrative requirement4  
 Khoury elective 44  
 0 16 8 
Total Hours: 136

Five Years, Three Co-ops in Spring/Summer 1

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS 12001CS 2510
and CS 2511
CS 1800
and CS 1802
5CS 32004  
CS 2500
and CS 2501
5IS 20004  
ENGW 11114Introductory history elective4  
HIST 12001   
HIST 12014   
 20 17 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS 12101Co-opCo-opVacation
CS 30004   
CS 35004   
HIST 23014   
HIST 23021   
Research methods requirement4   
 18 0 0 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
History Pre-1800 elective4Co-opCo-opElective4
Intermediate history elective 14  Elective 4
Khoury elective 14   
THTR 11701   
 17 0 0 8
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Khoury elective 24Co-opCo-opElective4
Intermediate history elective 24  Elective4
Computing and social issues4   
 16 0 0 8
Year 5
Khoury elective 34Khoury elective 44  
Intermediate history elective 34Advanced history elective4  
Elective4History capstone seminar or senior project4  
Elective4History integrative requirement4  
 16 16  
Total Hours: 136