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History Undergraduate Degrees

Requirements for the Minor

Minoring in History can add depth and breadth to your undergraduate major, whatever department you may be in. The Department of History is organized into 10 fields of study. For the purposes of the undergraduate minor, these fields are divided into two categories, reflecting a Western or non-Western orientation. Some courses can provide credit in either category.  

Category I

  • Ancient
  • Medieval
  • Modern Western Europe
  • Russia/Eastern Europe
  • United States

Category II

  • Africa and Middle East
  • East Asia
  • Latin America
  • Native America

The minimum requirement for a major in history consists of 18 credit hours across both Categories I and II, as follows:

1. Two courses (6 hours), each, in Category I and Category II

2. Two electives

3. A minimum of 12 hours (four courses) at the 300 level or above

It is suggested, but not required, that minors enroll in the historical methods course: HIST 301: The Historians Craft.

Exceptions to any of the above requirements must be by petition to the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

Thematic Areas

Classes offered by the Department of History touch on a variety of themes that transcend the division between Western and Non-Western History. Students are encouraged to select courses that examine areas of interest to them. Choosing courses from the same thematic area allows students to consider historical questions and problems across time and space and can help students gain an awareness for how Western and Non-Western societies have experienced similar historical issues. The following themes reflect concentrations in the department’s undergraduate curriculum that may be of interest to students.

Black and Minority Experience in the US

  • HIST 109: The Black Experience in the Americas
  • HIST 322: LGBTQ US History, 1600-1900

Disease, Migration and Cultural Exchange

  • HIST 390: Disease in Global History: From Coronavirus to the Black Death
  • HIST 395: History of Sushi

Gender and Sexuality

  • HIST 322: LGBTQ US History, 1600-1900
  • HIST 324: History of Women and the Body

Global Powers

  • HIST 300: Modern Africa
  • HIST 314: Globalization: History & Theory
  • HIST 394: Made in China
  • HIST 570: Middle East after World War II

Pivotal Moments in the 20th Century

  • HIST 140: Global Environment: The Discovery of Environmental Change
  • HIST 340: The History of the Second World War
  • HIST 343: The Holocaust in History
  • HIST 345: Hard Times: The Depression Years in America
  • HIST 374: History of Modern American Conservatism

Just a Taste!

  • HIST 104: Introduction to African History
  • HIST 109: The Black Experience in the Americas
  • HIST 115: French Revolution to the Present
  • HIST 124: Latin American Culture and Society


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