History and Religious Studies, BA

The Department of Philosophy and Religion and the Department of History offer an interdisciplinary combined major in religious studies and history. Students interested in the combined major integrate the study of religious traditions, religious praxis, and religious 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 HIS1200/1201.4
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
Europe in the Middle Ages, 500–1500
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
Africa and the World in Early Times
Intermediate/Advanced History
Complete four History courses numbered 2003 or above that have not been used to fulfill another requirement.16
Advanced History
Complete one history course 3000 level or above that have not been used to fulfill another requirement.4

Religious Studies Requirements

Required Foundational Course
PHIL 1110Introduction to Religious Studies4
Lived Religion Elective
Complete one of the following courses that is not used to satisfy another requirement:4
Selling Spirituality
The Meaning of Death
Apocalypticism in Film
Sex in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
Contemporary Religious Ethics
Islam: Rituals, Traditions, and Debates
Religious Perspectives on Health and Healing
Science Fiction and Film: Moral Dilemmas and Ethical Analysis
Music and Religion
Responses to the Holocaust
The Religious Worlds of Boston: Faith and Devotion in Urban Life
Religion and Spirituality in the African Diaspora
Cults and Sects
Religion and Politics in South Asia
Comparative Religion Elective4
Complete one of the following courses that is not used to satisfy another requirement:
Introduction to World Religions
Ethics: East and West
The Meaning of Death
Judaism, Christianity, and Islam: Abrahamic Religions
Sex in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
Hinduism, Buddhism, and Beyond: Eastern Religions
Chinese Philosophy and Religion
Science Fiction and Film: Moral Dilemmas and Ethical Analysis
Japanese Buddhism
The Religious Worlds of Boston: Faith and Devotion in Urban Life
Electives20
Complete six of the following courses, one of which must be 2000-level or above and another one of which must be 3000-level or above, that is not used to satisfy another requirement:
Goddesses, Witches, Saints, and Sinners: Women in Western Religions
Introduction to World Religions
Understanding the Bible
Ethics: East and West
Selling Spirituality
The Meaning of Death
Apocalypticism in Film
Judaism, Christianity, and Islam: Abrahamic Religions
Sex in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
Contemporary Religious Ethics
Hinduism, Buddhism, and Beyond: Eastern Religions
Islam: Rituals, Traditions, and Debates
Jewish Religion and Culture
Chinese Philosophy and Religion
Religious Perspectives on Health and Healing
The Problem of Evil in Film
Science Fiction and Film: Moral Dilemmas and Ethical Analysis
Music and Religion
Philosophical Problems of Law and Justice
Responses to the Holocaust
Japanese Buddhism
The Religious Worlds of Boston: Faith and Devotion in Urban Life
Religion and Politics in South Asia
Seminar: Theories and Methods in Religious Studies
Seminar in Religion

Integrative Requirements

Capstone4
Complete one of the following courses that is not used to satisfy another requirement:
Capstone Seminar
Seminar: Theories and Methods in Religious Studies
Seminar in Religion
Integrative Course4
Complete one of the following courses that is not used to satisfy another requirement:
Introduction to Middle Eastern History
Modern Middle East
Renaissance to Enlightenment
Japanese Buddhism

History and Religious Studies Combined Major Credit Requirement

Complete 78 semester hours in the major.

Program Requirement

128 total semester hours required

Five Years, Three Co-ops in Summer 2/Fall

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
HIST 12001HIST 10001VacationVacation
HIST 12014Intro Level History Course4  
ENGW 11114Lived Religion Elective4  
PHIL 11104Pre 1800 History Elective4  
Elective4Elective4  
 17 17 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
HIST 23014HIST Intermediate/Advanced Elective4VacationCo-op
HIST 23021HIST Intermediate/Advanced Elective4  
Comparative Religion Elective4Elective4  
ANTH area course4Elective4  
Elective4   
 17 16 0 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-opIntegrative Course4Elective4Co-op
 PHIL 2000 Level Elective4Elective4 
 HIST Advanced Elective4  
 HIST Intermediate/Advanced Elective4  
 0 16 8 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-opHIST Elective 4Elective4Co-op
 PHIL 3000 Level Elective4Elective4 
 Elective4  
 Elective4  
 0 16 8 0
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
Co-opCapstone 4  
 HIST Elective4  
 Elective4  
 Elective4  
 0 16  
Total Hours: 131