The History Minor

Requirements for the History Minor

A Minor in History consists of six History courses.  No more than two courses may come from study abroad, credit away, or transfer credit.  Courses for a Minor may not be taken pass/fail.


A. Geographic Distribution

Students must take a course in three of the following five geographic areas:

  • United States and Canada
  • Europe (including Britain and Australia)
  • Africa and the Middle East
  • Latin America and the Caribbean
  • East Asia and South Asia

Note: The content of some history courses—History 354 - American Expansion in the Pacific, for example—crosses regional boundaries. This course may be used as either an American or an Asian requirement, but it may not count for both areas.


B. Chronological Distribution

  • One Pre-1800 Course
  • One Post-1800 Course

Find current and past pre-1800 courses on the Department of History Website "Courses" page.

Note: Minors may "double-count" chronological and geographic distribution courses. For example, it is perfectly acceptable to take HIST 308 - Renaissance Europe, and HIST 097 - China in the Twentieth Century, in order to fulfill both chronological requirements and two of the three geographic requirements.


C. Upper-Level Seminar

Students must take at least one upper-level History seminar (200 level and above).

Courses fulfilling the Seminar requirement are listed on the Department of History Undergraduate Website's "Courses" page. 


Declaring a Minor in History

Students interested in the History Minor should meet with the History Undergraduate Adviser to discuss the requirements and declare the minor officially. Sign up here to schedule an appointment with the History Adviser.

NOTE: "Official Declaration" means that a Minor in History appears on a student's transcript. Having a History Minor on a Penn InTouch worksheet—whether official or unofficial—is not sufficient.