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The History Minor at Ohio State

A history minor is a great opportunity for students to explore various historical and current topics at an entry level, allowing them to complement their major in a different field. A minor in history allows you to broaden your training and experience, and teaches you skills that can be applied across all majors and disciplines, from the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities, to art, law, business, education, and public service.

A four-course minor in history may overlap with two of your general education courses. 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, therefore, does not limit your options, but in fact expands them.


Closer Than You Think

For additional information about the history minor, please see Dr. Ray Irwin (Irwin.8@osu.edu).

Students must complete the following for a History minor:

·         12 credit hours of history courses
·         All courses must be at the 2000-level or above
·         6 credit hours must be at the 3000-level or above
·         Overlap with two GE courses is permitted

Students may choose any history course they like as long as the summation of their courses fit the requirements listed above. That said, we encourage students to group their courses based on geographic region or theme.

Possible Geographical Concentrations:

  • North America
  • Latin America
  • Europe (including Russia)
  • Near East
  • Middle East, Central Asia, and/or South Asia
  • East Asia
  • Africa

Possible Thematic Concentrations:


List of thematic history minors
"I think everyone should investigate histories that are not directly related to ourselves. Although it can be a heavy topic, I think everyone has an obligation to be aware of the more negative histories involving the U.S.," - Lexie Oates, History Major