Since the History minor was introduced in 2013, undergraduates throughout the College are signing up.

The minor's appeal extends to students in majors as varied as anthropology, art history, biology, economics, international studies, political science, and psychology. The minor has a special appeal to students who want the flexibility to explore their passion for history while still having time to study abroad, complete the bachelor's degree in four years, or pursue a joint BA/MA degree program.

Current minors find that studying history gives their major depth and breadth. A historian’s skills in research and data analysis, critical thinking, and writing help them to excel in their majors and stand out in the future—whether qualifying as a teacher, applying for law or medical school, or developing policy. Students who love history and have been taking courses in the department for pleasure often find they are well on their way to completing a minor midway through their undergraduate studies.

To qualify for the minor you must take six courses with HIST subject codes for quality letter grades. These courses may not be double counted towards your major(s) or other minors or towards your general education requirements. If you seek to study history more extensively, you may double major by taking additional history courses, participating in a junior colloquium, and writing a BA thesis.

The History minor or double major will appear on your university transcript. (Only your primary major appears on the diploma.)

You should declare you plans to minor in History before the end of your third year. History's undergraduate program coordinator can answer your questions and will ask you to complete a short form and write a two- to three-page essay on your reasons for pursing the minor.

By Joanne M. Berens, MFA'93, jberens@uchicago.edu