History and Philosophy, BA

The Department of Philosophy and Religion and the Department of History offer an interdisciplinary combined major in philosophy and history. Students interested in the combined major integrate the study of philosophy and ethics with the study and analysis of human history.

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.

BA Language Requirements

All BA students are required to complete the BA language 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.

History Requirements

History Colloquium
HIST 1000History at Northeastern1
HIST 1200Historical Research and Writing1
HIST 1201First-Year Seminar4
Introductory Level
Choose one course from the 1000 level, excluding HIST 1200/12014
History Seminar and Historical Writing
HIST 2301The History Seminar4
HIST 2302Historical Writing1
Pre-1800 History Elective
Choose one course from the following: 4
Introduction to Middle Eastern History
Pirates, Planters, and Patriots: Making the Americas, 1492–1804
Japanese Literature and Culture
Ancient Greece
Ancient Rome
Introduction to Russian Civilization
Colonial and Revolutionary America
Renaissance to Enlightenment
The Tudors, the Stuarts, and the Birth of Modern Britain
Africa and the World in Early Times
Intermediate/Advanced History Cluster
Complete (3) History courses numbered 2000 or above, excluding 2301/2302.12
Advanced History
Complete one history course 3000 level or above4
History Capstone Seminar or Senior Project
Capstone Seminar
Public history concentrators may also select from the following:
Fieldwork in History 1

Philosophy Requirements

Philosophy Required Courses
PHIL 1115Introduction to Logic4
PHIL 2325Ancient Philosophy and Political Thought4
or POLS 2325 Ancient Philosophy and Political Thought
PHIL 2330Modern Philosophy4
Intermediate/Advanced Electives
Complete three of the following with at least one course at the 4000 or 5000 level:8
The Religious Worlds of Boston: Faith and Devotion in Urban Life
Scientific Approaches to Philosophy
Moral Philosophy
Philosophy and Literature
Theory of Knowledge
Philosophy of Science
Advanced Logic
Philosophy of Mind
Philosophy of Economics
Seminar: Theories and Methods in Religious Studies
Philosophy of Biology
Seminar in Religion
Global Justice
Ethics and Public Policy
Information Ethics
AI Ethics
Additional Electives
Complete three additional PHIL courses.8

Integrative Courses

Complete one of the following:4
Law, Justice, and Society in Modern China
Japanese Buddhism

History and Philosophy Combined Major Credit Requirement

Complete 85 semester hours in the major.

Program Requirement

128 total semester hours required

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
HIST 12001HIST Introductory Level4VacationVacation
HIST 12014HIST Pre 1800 History Elective4  
ENGW 11114HIST 10001  
PHIL 11154PHIL Intermediate/Advanced Elective4  
PHIL 2325 or POLS 23254PHIL 23304  
 17 17 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
HIST 23014HIST Intermediate/Advanced Elective4VacationCo-op
HIST 23021HIST Intermediate/Advanced Elective4  
PHIL Elective4PHIL Intermediate/Advanced Elective4  
ANTH Area Course4PHIL Intermediate/Advanced Elective4  
PHIL Elective4Elective1  
 17 17 0 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-opHIST Intermediate/Advanced Elective4Elective4Co-op
 PHIL Integrative Course4Elective4 
 PHIL Elective4  
 HIST Advanced Elective4  
 0 16 8 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-opHIST Elective or Integrative Course4Elective4Co-op
 PHIL Elective4  
 PHIL Elective4  
 0 16 4 0
Year 5
Co-opHSIT Capstone or Senior Project4  
 HIST Elective or Integrative Course4  
 PHIL Intermediate/Advanced Elective4  
 Elective 4  
 0 16  
Total Hours: 128