A graduate minor in History can provide a deep historical background for graduate students in many disciplines across the university. These can include disciplines even outside of the Humanities: our graduate courses in the field of Environment, Health, Technology, & Science may provide a historical framework for those doing graduate work in STEM-related fields or in the Environmental Sciences programs, while our courses in the fields of African-American History and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality History can help students in the sciences and medical-related fields nuance their understanding of society and human interaction. We also offer graduate courses in political, international, and Diplomatic History, which may provide the same advantages to those in graduate programs such as Political Science, Public Policy, Business Administration, and Law. Below is a non-exhaustive list of programs that would work well in conjunction with a History graduate minor:
African American and African Studies
East Asian Languages and Literatures
Environment & Natural Resources
Food Science & Technology
French & Italian
Human Development and Family Science
Latin American Studies
Near Eastern Languages and Cultures
Public Policy & Management
Slavic & Eastern European Studies
Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies
Prerequisites for Enrollment:
Students must have earned at least a B+ in any graded History graduate course or graduate-level independent study.
Requirements for the Minor:
Students must complete a minimum of 10 credits (maximum 20 credits), including those from the pre-requisite course, all drawn from History department courses and/or independent studies (e.g., History 7193, 8193). It is possible to complete the ten hours in just three courses (e.g., 2 seminars and 4 hours of 7193), or in three plus one extra hour (3 seminars and just 1 hour of 7193). It may therefore be possible to achieve the Minor by taking just three courses, though we would encourage students to take four classes if possible.
Students are also required to complete History 7900, “Colloquium in the Philosophy of History, Historiography, and the Historians’ Skills.” (3 cr.) This colloquium is fundamental for all history graduates as it tackles the foundations of historical and theoretical methodologies as well as the history of historical method.
Excluded courses: The only courses that would not be available to the Minor student would be HIS 7905, 7910, and 8999.
The student must achieve a minimum of a B+ grade in all courses that apply to the Minor.
Admissions and Support for the Graduate Minor:
To gain admission to the Graduate History Minor program after completing the pre-requisite, the student will arrange with a suitable History Department faculty member to serve as an advisor. The advisor will then notify the History Department’s Director of Graduate Studies and Graduate Studies Coordinator of the arrangement for the record.
To ensure that suitable History courses are chosen, the student should always consult with the History advisor before enrolling in any classes.
Like any regular History graduate student, the graduate History Minor student is entitled to seek guidance and help from History’s Director of Graduate Studies and Graduate Studies Coordinator at any time on any matter pertaining to the program.