A history minor is a great way to explore historical questions and issues while you pursue a concentration in a different field. We offer a straight-forward, coherent, and yet very flexible program that will provide you with a solid introduction to the discipline, as well as the interpretive and analytical skills historians depend on and employers value. The requirements for the General History Minor are listed below. You will be a consciously critical reader, a concise and compelling writer, and a person who not only 'knows stuff' but who can tell others what that 'stuff' means and why it matters.

The department offers three NEW additional minor programs. The two, the History of Medicine and Health Minor and the Global History Minor are specialized history minors. The third, the Religion Minor, is an interdisciplinary program homed in the history department.

To declare a minor check your progress, process a release or discuss what courses to take
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General Minor Requirements

History academic minor programs should be planned in consultation with an Undergraduate Advisor, with particular attention to how you can link your courses together chronologically, topically, and geographically, while maintaining the flexibility to take advantage of the diverse spectrum of courses offered by the History Department.

The minor requires a total of six history courses. A maximum of one course can be at the 100 level, and at least three courses must be at the 300 level or above. Please note that only History 101, 102, 103, 104, and 105 may count toward the minor as one of the lower level courses. First year seminars (History 195, 196, 197) may not count toward the history minor. Four out of six courses must be taken at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor or count as in-residence credit (i.e. credit accepted as equivalent from a CGIS sponsored program abroad). In addition, you must take at least one course in two of the following world regions:

  • United States and Canada
  • Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Europe
  • the Middle East/ Central Asia
  • Africa
  • Asia
  • Transregional /Gobal

Two mini-courses can count as one course but may not satisfy regional distributions listed above. All history courses must be taken for a grade with an overall GPA of 2.00. 

Fill out a checklist and see a history advisor to occasionally check your progress. 

Students who declared a minor prior to Fall 2011 should click here for the requirements still applicable to them.

Secondary Teacher Certification in History

The School of Education teacher certification requirements for a "teaching minor in history" differ from this LSA academic minor. If you plan to earn a teaching certificate in addition to this LSA minor, please discuss your options with advisors in the History Department and the School of Education.