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How can we make sense of our rapidly changing world? History provides one answer. By understanding earlier events and trends, we can better grasp the present and even glimpse the future. Whether you major in Finance, Accounting, Economics or another business field, studying History prepares you to understand the larger global picture. Bentley historians have investigated why the U.S. Constitution protects freedom of religion, how 19th century Chinese doctors adapted to Western science, and the ways American investors impacted Latin America, among many other topics. Beyond the useful knowledge they offer, History courses sharpen your mind and develop your ability to communicate. History signals to future employers that you are serious, curious and well-rounded.

New book from Trofimov explores Russian Revolution

“Seven Myths of the Russian Revolution,” a new book co-authored by Senior Lecturer Leonid Trofimov, strives to separate fact from fiction by exploring the real, not rumored, lives and activities of Russian revolutionaries and their imperial adversaries. From the influence of Rasputin to the Judeo-Bolshevik conspiracy, Trofimov discusses and dispels the “potent myths that colored, shaped and distorted our perception of this crucial event for many decades and, in some respects, to this day.” He shares more insights in the podcast linked below.

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Bentley establishes Phi Alpha Theta chapter

Beginning this fall, Bentley students studying History will have the opportunity to join Phi Alpha Theta, a national honor society whose mission is to promote the study of history through the encouragement of research, good teaching, publication and the exchange of learning and ideas among historians. With more than 990 chapters in all 50 U.S. states, Phi Alpha Theta publishes a quarterly peer-reviewed journal and offers scholarships and other academic prizes to its members. 

The hidden benefits of a History minor

Shane Carr ’23 may be pursuing a career in Accounting, but he says potential employers are excited to learn he’s minoring in History. “Accounting firms want new employees to be well-rounded,” he explains, “and pursuing a history minor showcases my wide range of skills and interests.”

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Course Offerings

Minoring in History at Bentley University

Love history? It’s easy to become a history minor. All you need is four history courses, and you can include one AP history course (grade of 4 or 5) as well as topics, experimental and study abroad courses. Some restrictions apply; click on the “Minor in History” link above for details.


Clifford Putney
Associate Professor and Department Chair
Adamian Academic Center 121

Stacen Goldman
Academic Coordinator
Adamian Academic Center 109