History Department

The Minor in History

Admission to the Minor.

The minor program in History offers students interested in history an avenue to gain coherent expertise in the field without committing to the eleven-credit coursework and research required for the major. The Department intends the minor to be an opportunity to offer students a cluster of courses organized along thematic, geographical or temporal lines that establishes some depth in the subject, its modes of analysis and methods of investigation.

With the recent reorganization of the History major into geographical, thematic and chronological modules  https://wesfiles.wesleyan.edu/departments/history/PUBLIC/DESCRIPTIONS_OF_MODULES.pdf, the minor will consist of a choice of one of these modules.The module approach demonstrates the wide range of faculty expertise, interests and approaches to history, including Before Modernity, The City, Contemporary History, Economy and Society, Empires and Encounters, Environment and Food, Geographies and Mapping, Migration, Nation and Ethnicity, Race, Science, Technology and Medicine, Thought and Ideas, and Visual and Material Culture. A minor in History based on these and other modules offers students novel perspectives in history reflecting the contemporary development of the field while assuring both coherence and depth.

Minor Requirements.

The minor program in History consists of 6 semester-courses. These 6 courses must include the following:

  1. One module: one module of four courses from the list of courses in modules for the major https://wesfiles.wesleyan.edu/departments/history/PUBLIC/COURSES_IN_MODULE.pdf
  2. Two seminars: at least one of the two seminars must be numbered 300-399.
  3. One pre-industrial course: at least one of the six courses must be chiefly concerned with the pre-industrial era.

The following stipulations also apply:

  • At least 5 of the 6 courses must number 150 or higher.
  • Only courses taught by faculty appointed in History may count toward the minor.
  • Tutorials, Education in the Field, and Student Forums cannot be counted toward the minor.
  • AP or IB credit cannot count toward the minor.
  • Students may declare a history minor at any point in their undergraduate career Electronic Portfolio EP>Student>Academic Career>Major/Minor/Cert Declaration.
  • There is no minimum grade average to complete the minor, and there are no required gateway courses or course sequences for entry into the minor.
  • With approval of the Department Chair, students unable to enroll in a course needed to complete a module for the minor may substitute a course from a related module.