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.

Computer Science Courses

Computer Science Overview
CS 1200Computer Science/Information Science Overview 11
CS 1210Computer Science/Information Science Overview 2: Co-op Preparation1
Computer Science Fundamental Courses
CS 1800
and CS 1802
Discrete Structures
and Seminar for CS 1800
5
or CS 1801 Recitation for CS 1800
CS 2500
and CS 2501
Fundamentals of Computer Science 1
and Lab for CS 2500
5
CS 2510
and CS 2511
Fundamentals of Computer Science 2
and Lab for CS 2510
5
Computer Science Required Courses
CS 3200Database Design4
CS 3500Object-Oriented Design4
CS 4800Algorithms and Data4
IS 2000Principles of Information Science4
Presentation Requirement
THTR 1170The Eloquent Presenter1
Computer Science Elective Courses
Complete four upper-division computer science courses in the following ranges:16
CS 2500 or higher, except CS 5010
IS 2000 or higher, except IS 4900
DS 2000 or higher, except DS 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
Introduction to African-American History
East Asian Studies
Introduction to World History
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
Introduction to South Asian History
Origins of Today: Historical Roots of Contemporary Issues
History of Boston
Introduction to Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Complete one course from the following:4
Africa and the World in Early Times
Africa and the World in Early Times
Modern African Civilization
Modern African Civilization
African Diaspora
Japanese Literature and Culture
Ancient Greece
Ancient Rome
Introduction to Russian Civilization
History of Science and Technology
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
Senior Project 1
Senior Project 2
Public history concentrators may also select from the following:
Fieldwork in History 1
Fieldwork in History 2

Cluster Requirement

Note: Four of the six courses chosen as history electives must create a history cluster of related courses. The history cluster is subject to department approval.

Integrative Course Requirement

HIST 2211The World Since 19454
or HIST 2241 History of Media in America

Supporting Courses

Research Methods
Complete one course from the following:4
Statistics
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
Cyberlaw: Privacy, Ethics, and Digital Rights
Bostonography: The City through Data, Texts, Maps, and Networks
Technology and Human Values
The 21st-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 eight general electives.32

Major GPA Requirement

Minimum 2.000 GPA required in all CS 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 1800
and CS 1802
5CS 2510
and CS 2511
5CS 35004Vacation
CS 2500
and CS 2501
5IS 20004Elective4 
CS 12001CS 32004  
ENGW 11114History elective or integrative 14  
HIST 12001   
HIST 12014   
 20 17 8 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS 48004CS 12101Elective4Co-op
HIST 23014Elective4Elective4 
HIST 23021CS elective 14  
History elective or integrative 24History elective or integrative 34  
ECON 2350, POLS 2400, PSYC 2320, SOCL 2320, ENVR 3300, or ENVR 52604History elective or integrative 44  
 17 17 8 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-opCS elective 24Elective4Co-op
 History elective or integrative 54Elective4 
 History elective or integrative 64  
 Computing and social issues4  
 THTR 11701  
 0 17 8 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1Hours 
Co-opCS elective 34Elective4 
 History capstone seminar or senior project4Elective4 
 History elective or integrative 74  
 CS elective 44  
 0 16 8 
Total Hours: 136

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

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS 1800
and CS 1802
5CS 2510
and CS 2511
5VacationVacation
CS 2500
and CS 2501
5CS 32004  
CS 12001IS 20004  
ENGW 11114History elective or integrative 14  
HIST 12001   
HIST 12014   
 20 17 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS 35004Co-opCo-opVacation
CS 48004   
CS 12101   
HIST 23014   
HIST 23021   
ECON 2350, POLS 2400, PSYC 2320, ENVR 3300, or ENVR 52604   
 18 0 0 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
History elective or integrative 24Co-opCo-opElective4
History elective or integrative 34  Elective 4
Elective4   
CS elective 14   
THTR 11701   
 17 0 0 8
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS elective 24Co-opCo-opElective4
History elective or integrative 44  Elective4
Computing and social issues4   
Elective4   
 16 0 0 8
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
CS elective 34CS elective 44  
History elective or integrative 54History elective or integrative 64  
Elective4History capstone seminar or senior project4  
Elective4History elective or integrative 74  
 16 16  
Total Hours: 136