College of Arts and Letters2020-2021
Department of History
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.
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.
No more than 50% of the units used to satisfy minor requirements may be used to satisfy major requirements.
|Minimum Units for Completion||18|
|Fieldwork Experience/Internship||Fieldwork Experience/Internship may be required by chosen emphasis or offered as an option.|
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
Take the following 18 units with a minimum GPA of 2.5, and no grade lower than a "C":
- Select two courses from: HIS 100, HIS 102, HIS 221, HIS 230, HIS 231, HIS 240, HIS 241, HIS 249, HIS 250, HIS 251, HIS 280, HIS 281, HIS 291, HIS 292, HIS 293 (6 units)
- Additional 300-400 level HIS courses; excluding HIS 407, HIS 429, HIS 430 and HIS 466 (6 units)
- Two additional history courses at any level. You may, alternately, combine variable-unit HIS courses, so long as they total at least 6 units. (6 units)
- No more than six units of individualized study coursework (HIS 408, HIS 485, HIS 497) may be used.
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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