What will I learn?

The Department of History and the Department of Political Science offer an interdisciplinary combined major in history and political science. Students interested in the combined major integrate the study of political systems and theories with the study and analysis of human history.

History at Northeastern emphasizes the study of local and regional histories as well as of the global exchanges between nations, regions, and cultures. Knowledge of the past is also about building the future. In a world marked by increasing exchange between peoples, cultures, and societies, history is key to understanding contemporary issues such as the future of democracy, the nature of citizenship and rights, the origins and conduct of war, the foundations of racial and ethnic conflict and tolerance, and poverty and prosperity. At the same time, history teaches crucial skills in analytical thinking, research processes, writing, oral expression, and multimedia presentation.

History majors take three core seminars on historical research and choose from a broad range of courses in historical themes, periods, and regions. Students focus their studies by establishing a cluster of four courses in a particular geographical area, time period, or theme. The program emphasizes undergraduate research in the major and trains students to conduct research in archives and primary sources and to write research papers. Honors study is strongly encouraged for eligible students, and students are encouraged to take advantage of numerous options for study abroad. Advanced undergraduates have the opportunity to participate in individual directed study with members of the faculty on topics of mutual interest.

Cooperative education placements, fieldwork, internships, and other experiential learning activities are also available. History majors have worked on co-op in law firms, an art auction house, the State Department, the Massachusetts State House, Newton Public Schools, and the Massachusetts State Archives, among many other institutions.

Which department am I in?

College of Social Sciences and Humanities

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
US$54,360.00 per year
USD $27,180 per term

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

10 January 2022


Northeastern University

360 Huntington Avenue,



02115, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students are required to complete secondary school graduation equivalent to US high school.

For international students

You are considered a first-time freshman applicant if: You are still in high school; You graduated from high school or earned your GED, but did not enroll in a degree-seeking program at a college or university.

English Language Testing

If you are required to submit English Language Testing, you must submit results from one of the five tests listed below. Your results must be both valid (i.e. no more than 2 years old by the application deadline) and official (i.e. sent directly to Northeastern from the testing agency). The ranges provided below represent the middle 50% score ranges for students who were admitted and enrolled as first-year students in Fall 2020 and Spring 2021.

185 to 204 on either C1 Advanced (CAE) or C2 Proficiency (CPE)

120 to 130 on the Duolingo English Test (DET)

7.0 to 8.0 on the IELTS Academic

68 to 76 on the PTE Academic

99 to 108 on TOEFL Internet-Based Test (CEEB Code 3667)

Application Deadline: Regular Decision - Jan/01.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About Northeastern University

Students gain more than a degree at Northeastern University; they graduate with real-world experience that fuels life-long success.

  • #49 National university (U.S. News 2021)
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  • Top 5 in U.S. for careers services (Princeton Review, 2021)
  • Tier-one research university