History (Minor)

Minor: History
Program Code: M720

About This Minor. . .

The study of history prepares the student for understanding present society and culture through a study of the past. The history program familiarizes students with the great historical civilizations and issues that have shaped our present world.  History teaches students how to critically analyze information and make a compelling argument; skills that everyone needs to be successful in all their endeavors.  Internships are available through museums, historical societies, and public agencies.

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Institutional Minor Requirements

The following institutional requirements apply to all CMU minors. Specific programs may have different requirements that must be met in addition to institutional requirements.

  • A minor consists of 15-24 semester hours. There may be prerequisites required for the minor which will increase the total number of credit hours for a student who has not already taken those prerequisites.
  • Courses taken to satisfy Essential Learning, major requirements, or electives can be counted toward the minor if applicable.
  • At least 33 percent of the credit hours required for the minor must be in courses numbered 300 or above.
  • At least 25 percent of the classes must be taken at CMU.
  • 2.00 cumulative GPA or higher for the courses used for the minor.
  • A minor is not a degree by itself and must be earned at the same time as a baccalaureate degree.
  • A minor must be outside the major field of study.
  • A student may earn up to five minors with any baccalaureate degree at CMU.
  • The Catalog Year determines which program sheet and degree requirements a student must fulfill in order to graduate. Visit with your advisor or academic department to determine which catalog year and program requirements sheet you should follow.
  • See “Requirements for Undergraduate Degrees and Certificates” in the catalog for a complete list of graduation requirements.

Program Specific Minor Requirements

(24 semester hours)

Required Courses
HIST 101Western Civilization I-GTHI13
HIST 102Western Civilization II-GTHI13
HIST 131United States History I-GTHI13
HIST 132United States History II-GTHI13
European History
Select one of the following:3
History of England to 1660
History of Modern Britain
History of Modern France
History of Modern Germany
History of 19th Century Europe
The 20th Century
History of Modern Warfare
Renaissance and Reformation
Ancient and Medieval Cities
Medieval Europe
The Soviet Union and Eastern Europe
The Ancient Mediterranean World
Classical Archaeology
Early and Medieval Christianity
The Holocaust
European History and Film
United States History
Select one of the following:3
American Indian History
American Slavery
The American West
The Early American Republic
The Age of Industry in America
History of Immigration, Race, and Ethnicity in America
The United States in the 1950's and 1960's
Global America: 1970-2000
Early United States Women's History
American Sport History
20th Century United States Women's History
Junior Seminar in Historiography
Introduction to Public History
Environmental History of the United States
Colonial America
The American Revolution
Civil War
History of Sexuality
World History
Select one of the following:3
Latin American Civilization
The International History of the Cold War
History of the British Empire
History Of the Middle East
East Asia and the Modern World
History of the African Continent
Upper-Level History Elective
Select any 300- or 400-level History (HIST) course3
Total Semester Credit Hours24

Advising Process and DegreeWorks

Documentation on the pages related to this program is intended for informational purposes to help determine what courses and associated requirements are needed to earn a minor. Meeting with an academic advisor is essential in planning courses and developing a suggested course sequencing. It is ultimately the student’s responsibility to understand and fulfill the requirements for her/his intended minor.

DegreeWorks is an online degree audit tool available in MAVzone. It is the official record used by the Registrar’s Office to evaluate progress towards a minor. Students are responsible for reviewing their DegreeWorks audit on a regular basis and should discuss questions or concerns with their advisor or academic department head for the minor. Discrepancies in requirements should be reported to the Registrar’s Office.

Graduation Process

A minor cannot be awarded by itself.  It must be combined with a baccalaureate degree outside the major field of study. Students should follow the graduation process outlined for the baccalaureate degree and list their majors and minors on the “Intent to Graduate” form.

If a student’s petition for graduation is denied, it will be her/his responsibility to consult the Registrar’s Office regarding next steps.