College of Arts and Letters2017-2018

Department of History

History, Minor

As the French poet and politician, Alphonse Lamartine, remarked, “History teaches everything, even the future." The History minor attracts students who wish to understand how the past affects today, not only in terms of nations and cultures, but also genders, the arts, and the sciences


What Can I Do with a Minor in History?

History is more than names and dates; it is the study of the human experience in all its facets-not just what happened, but how and why. If you're curious about the whys behind landmark events like the fall of Soviet Communism or Neil Armstrong's walk on the moon, the history minor can provide an interesting addition to your major.

Learn to think critically, develop research skills, and communicate more effectively. Clarify your understanding of human behavior-past, present, and future. Experience the multi-disciplinary program and be informed by voices from diverse groups, building a foundation for careers in settings like libraries, museums, and other cultural enterprises-or prepare for further academic study. Our full range of courses explores history across the continents, with traditional scholarship and contemporary focuses on race, gender, ethnicity, and environmental history.

University Requirements

  • A minor is earned in conjunction with a bachelor's degree.

    To receive a minor (18 to 24 units) at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses from one or more subject matter areas with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0. At least 12 units of the minor must be unique to that minor and not applied to any other minor.


In addition to University Requirements:

  • Complete individual plan requirements.

Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

Minimum Units for Completion 18
Major GPA 2.5
Fieldwork Experience/Internship Optional

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will demonstrate the ability to deal with historical ideas, processes, problems and subjects in the following ways:

  • Interpret and extract meaning from a variety of primary sources 
  • Interpret secondary sources and existing historical scholarship critically through the following practices:
    • identifying specific interpretations of a topic in a source;
    • identifying points of agreement as well as of variance or conflict between various historians’ interpretations of historical issues and problems;
    • inferring and analyzing assumptions underlying different historians’ interpretations of issues and problems;
    • applying different assumptions to the same subject matter and generating  alternate questions and possible conclusions 
  • Make arguments based on evidence from primary and secondary sources through the following practices:
    • comparing their own findings with other evidence from the period on the subject and/or on relevant subjects;
    • formulating conclusions about the issue under study;
    • testing such conclusions against additional evidence and the ideas of other historians;
    • developing their own historical interpretations;
    • addressing conflicting evidence and alternative perspectives;
    • recognizing ways in which their contemporary society’s concerns inform their own evaluations of the past 
  • Express analytical and interpretive understandings of history through writing in ways and formats that meet appropriate academic standards 
  • Express analytical and interpretive understandings of history through oral presentations in ways that meet appropriate academic standards 



Minor Requirements
  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

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