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Department of History

Degrees in History

History Major             History Minor

The Undergraduate Minor in History

(Note: This document has been reproduced from the OSU Department of History's Undergraduate History Office Student Handbook.)

The Minor in History is designed to provide a student with substantial understanding of the human past.  It should be organized to assure some depth of study in one particular field of history, but it may also contain work in another field to allow for some breadth of treatment.

Geographical Groups and Areas

Group A:    (1) Africa, (2) East Asia, (3) Latin America, (4) Near East, Middle East and South Asia

Group B:    (5) Europe, (6) North America

The Minor Program in History consists of 20 hours of courses in History.  Of those 20 hours:

  1. a minimum of 10 hours will be chosen from one of the 6 Geographical Areas. This will be the student's Primary Geographical Field.

  2. a minimum of 5 hours will be chosen from one of the Geographical Areas in Group A, if the students primary Geographical Area is in Group B, or from one of the Geographical Areas in Group B if the student's Primary Geographical Area is in Group A.

  3. students may organize their Minor around a thematic field, such as Military, World, Women's or Business History, within the broad categories of Group A  or Group B.  For thematic courses crossing geographical boundaries, the adviser and the student will decide under which geographical group the course will be counted.

  4. courses counted as part of the student's College GEC requirements may not be used as part of the minor program.

All proposals for an Undergraduate Minor Program in History must be submitted in writing to the Undergraduate History Office and approved by that office.
    **On the Lima Campus, students should contact a history faculty member.

General Information on Minors in the Arts & Sciences

  1. Minor programs are not required for graduation.

  2. A student may not take a major and minor in the same subject.

  3. Courses used for the minor may not be used for a major unless prior approval has been given by the Arts and Sciences Curriculum Committee.  Overlap between GEC and minor is permissible unless specifically disallowed for an individual minor.

  4. Students need not file their minor programs until they file their graduation applications; that is, two quarters before they plan to graduate.

  5. Once a minor is on file with Arts and Sciences, any change must be discussed with the faculty advisor and/or the ASC counselor.

  6. No more than ten hours of transfer credit may be applied to the minor.

  7. Although a grade of a C- will be permitted in courses comprising the minor, the minimum overall cumulative grade point average of the minor shall be 2.0

  8. Courses taken Pass/Non-Pass may not be applied to the minor.

Click here for the History Minor Worksheet

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Last modified January 25, 2008.