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History Undergraduate Degrees

Requirements for the Minor

The Department of History department 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. Minoring in History can add depth and breadth to your undergraduate major, whatever department you may be in. Requirements are 18 hours (or 6 courses) in History; at least 12 hours (or 4 courses) must be at the 300 level or above; two courses in category I, two courses in category II, and two electives. 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

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.

Empire, State, and Nation

Environment, Technology, and Medicine

Gender and Sexuality

Migration, Diaspora, and Mobility

Capitalism, Economics, and Globalization

Political Thought, Religion, and Culture

War and Society

Race, Ethnicity, and Identity


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