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Undergraduate Program

Minor and Clusters

A minimum of four courses (or 16 credit hours) must be taken from department faculty; no more than two courses (or 8 credit hours) taken outside the department can be counted toward the minor. This includes transfer courses, study abroad courses, and cross-listed courses taught by faculty not formally associated with the Department of History.

Minor

The minor in history consists of six courses (or 24 credit hours):

  • A minimum of one course from at least two different geographical areas:
    • Africa
    • Asia and the Pacific
    • Europe
    • Latin America
    • The Middle East
    • North America
  • A minimum of one course from each of two chronological periods:
    • pre-1800
    • post-1800

Transfer, AP and IB Credit

No more than two courses taken outside the department can be counted toward the minor. This includes study abroad courses, cross-listed courses taught by faculty not formally associated with the Department of History, and no more than a combined total of four elective credit hours (the equivalent of one course) for AP and IB exams. 

For information on declaring a minor, see the Declaring page.

Clusters

The department offers 15 clusters, all in the social sciences academic division.

African-American History (S1HIS002)

Students in this cluster will learn about the history of African-Americans from the age of slavery to the present.

Global Perspectives (S1HIS003)

This cluster familiarizes students with the history of imperial and transnational relationships, and their role in the making of the modern world.

War, Revolution, and Society (S1HIS004)

This cluster explores the impact of war and revolution on the making of the modern world.

European History (S1HIS006)

Students in this cluster learn about the course of European history from late antiquity to the 20th century.

Economic History (S1HIS007)

Students in this cluster learn about the perspectives, methods, and findings of economic history.

American History (S1HIS008)

Students in this cluster learn about the course of American history from colonization to the 20th century.

Cultural and Intellectual History (S1HIS009)

Students in this cluster learn about the perspectives, methods, and findings of cultural and intellectual history.

East Asian History (S1HIS010)

This cluster explores the history of East Asia, focusing on Japan and China.

African History (S1HIS011)

Students in this cluster study the history of colonial and contemporary Africa.

Social History and History of Daily Life (S1HIS015)

This cluster explores the perspectives, methods, and findings of social history.

Russia and East European History (S1HIS016)

This cluster explores the history of Russia and the Soviet Union.

History of Science, Technology, and Medicine (S1HIS017)

Students in this cluster learn about different perspectives on the development of knowledge in science and medicine and its application and social impact.

BRIC Nations History (Brazil, Russia, India, China) (S1HIS018)

This cluster familiarizes students with the histories of current rising world economic and political powers, and makes them better informed 21st-century global citizens.

Latin American History and Culture (S1HIS019)

This cluster introduces students to the study of the Latin American region. Students develop an appreciation for the Native American, colonial, and/or modern experiences that have shaped diverse cultural groups throughout Brazil, the Caribbean, and Spanish America.

Women's History (S1HIS020)

This cluster studies the history of women across times and cultures.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For a list of courses applicable to each cluster, see the Clusters in History brochure here.