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The history minor introduces students to the theory and practice of understanding and studying the human past. Courses approach the study of history from a variety of chronological, and geographical perspectives. In studying history, students learn to read critically, argue persuasively, and write effectively, and come to a fuller understanding of the nature of the human experience and the meaning of global citizenship. Students with coursework in history are sought-after for a wide variety of postgraduate studies and careers, including in law, education, public history and historic preservation, journalism, government and public service, non-profit organizations, archival and library specialties, and business.

An Important Note about Career Preparation: History is an incredibly versatile discipline and many students will find the combination of a history major with a second minor (Asian Studies, Communication, Education Studies, Political Science, Pre-Law, Spanish), or certificate (Leadership and Social Change) to be a good way to prepare for a specific career. Students should meet with history faculty early in their studies to discuss long-term career goals and the best combination of studies to achieve them.

Minor Requirements: History (18 hours)

1. Required (9 hours)

HIS 120 Early Civilizations 3 hours
HIS 125 Emergence of the Modern World 3 hours


HIS 130 The American Experience to 1877 3 hours
HIS 135 The American Experience Since 1877 3 hours

HIS 300 Historical Methods

2. Electives (9 hours)

Three additional history courses at the 200-300 level, only one of which may be at the 200-level. HPGA majors cannot use their major coursework to fulfill this part of the minor requirements.

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