The History Minor

Historical knowledge and analysis play a central role in the humanities and social sciences. The skills in research and the evaluation of diverse forms of evidence can be transferred to many other disciplines across the College as well as careers. The global interests of the department’s faculty also means that History is a very good place to develop an interest in a specific region of the world or time-period. The History minor requirements offer students a clear, flexible yet structured exposure to the discipline that provides a valuable complement to their other program/s.

Requirements for a Minor in History    
Students must complete a total of 36 credits including:

  • 30 elective credits to be drawn from at least two of our eight existing History fields: United States, Ancient and Medieval, Early Modern and Modern Europe, Asia - South, East, Central (Middle East), Africa and Its Diaspora, Latin America, the Atlantic World, and the Environment and Health).  The courses in the minor must be drawn from both the modern and pre-modern eras. History courses will be tagged as either modern or pre-modern for the minors. The 30 elective credits must include one HIST 300-level course (6 credits): All History 300-level offerings require students to undertake a large research project based on primary and secondary sources that culminate in a paper of 15-25 pages. This exercise equips our minors with a laboratory in which to develop their critical judgment, their ability to use evidence well, and their writing skills, all important hallmarks of historical research. At least 6 credits at the 300-level must be taken within the History Department. A maximum of two courses from outside the History department or from Carleton or non-Carleton OCS programs may count towards the minor, subject to departmental approval.
  • One HIST 298: Junior Colloquium (6 credits), to gain an understanding of historical methods and broader developments in the History field.

The progress to completion of a minor will be tracked by the Chair or History department adviser with the assistance of the Administrative Assistant for History, all of whom will serve as resources for minors should they require more specific guidance.