A four-course minor in History gives you an opportunity to fulfill up to four of your general education requirements while gaining valuable expertise for your career, whether you are pursuing a degree in the sciences, social sciences, humanities, art, law, business, education, or public service. The department does not require that you take a specific set of courses for your minor. But if you wish, you may concentrate your courses in a particular field, such as military/diplomatic history, constitutional history, African American history, Christianity, the Islamic World, women's history, science and technology, or environmental history; in the history of a particular region, such as Africa, Asia, Latin America, or Europe; or in a particular time period, such as medieval or modern. The Department's courses cover the history of the entire world from ancient times to the present, so you will have a wide range of options. If you prefer, however, you may choose four courses from different fields, regions, and time periods. The History minor does not limit your options.
The minor in history is designed to provide students with substantial understanding of the human past.
All proposals for minor programs must be submitted in writing to the Undergraduate History Office and approved by that office. After your Minor Program Form has been approved, you must file the form with your college or school advisor.
The minor consists of 12 credit hours of history course work at the 2000 level and above. Of these, at least 6 credit hours must be at the 3000 level and above. Courses at the 1000 level cannot be used on the minor.
Students are free to choose any History courses they wish to fulfill the 12 credit hours, but they are encouraged to take courses that focus on a particular theme, time period, or geographic region.
Students are also encouraged to consult with an adviser when preparing their minor.
The following guidelines govern this minor.
Required for graduation: No
Credit hours required: A minimum of 12
Transfer credit hours allowed: A maximum of 6
No more than 3 credit hours of History 3193 or 4193 ("Individual Studies") may be counted towards the Minor Program.
No more than 3 credit hours of History 2797, 2798, 3797, 3798, 4797, or 4798 ("Study at a Foreign Institution" and "Study Tour") may be counted towards the Minor Program.
Overlap with the GE: Permitted. History courses used to fulfill the following GE requirements—Historical Study, Historical Study or Culture & Ideas, and the 2 Open options (as well as Global Studies and Social Diversity in the United States)—may also satisfy the History Minor. Please Note: While we encourage students to take 4000-level readings and research seminars for the minor, such 4000-level courses do not offer GE credit. History courses at the 2000 and 3000 level offer GE credit.
Overlap with the major: Not allowed and
The minor must be in a different subject than the major.
Overlap between minors: Each minor completed must contain 12 unique hours.
Minimum C- for a course to be listed on the minor
Minimum 2.00 cumulative point-hour ratio required for the minor
Course work graded Pass/Non-pass cannot count on the minor.
Approval required: All proposals for an Undergraduate Minor Program in History must be submitted in writing to the Undergraduate History Office and approved by that office.
Filing the Minor Program Form: The minor program form must be filed at least by the time the graduation application is submitted to a college/school counselor.
Changing the minor: Once the minor program is filed in the college office, any changes must be approved by:
The academic unit offering the minor
All proposals for an Undergraduate Minor Program in History must be submitted in writing to the Undergraduate History Office and approved by that office.
1. Minor programs are not required for graduation.
2. A student may not take a major and a minor in the same subject.
3. Courses used for the minor may not be used for a major unless prior approval has been given by the Arts and Sciences Curriculum Committee. Overlap between the GEC and a minor is permissible unless specifically disallowed for an individual minor.
4. Students need not file their minor programs until they file their graduation applications; that is, two quarters before they plan to graduate.
5. Once a minor is on file with Arts and Sciences, any changes must be discussed with the faculty advisor and/or the ASC counselor.
6. No more than ten hours of transfer credit may be applied to the minor.
7. Although a grade of C- will be permitted in courses comprising the minor (except for History 2800, which requires a grade of C), the minimum overall cumulative grade point average of the minor shall be 2.0.
8. Courses taken Pass/Non-pass may not be applied to the minor.