History Minor Program


HISTORY, n. An account mostly false, of events mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers mostly knaves, and soldiers mostly fools.

Fortunately for current undergraduates, history as an academic subject has much more to recommend itself than it did when Ambrose Bierce first published The Devil’s Dictionary early last century.  Students interested in discovering the joys of historical studies for themselves are invited to participate in our new undergraduate minor.  The twin goals of the minor are to enable students interested in history, but unable to commit to the major, to more formally engage with the subject and the department and to provide students with a platform to enhance their major program through additional, relevant coursework.  The minor is lightly structured, offering students both a sense of cohesion and the flexibility to chart a program of study according to their own academic needs and goals.  In addition to enhancing a major, the minor ties in particularly well with several current Course Threads (offered through the Townsend Center).

Students with questions about whether the minor is right for them and/or the best path to pursue it are welcome to speak to the minor advisor or departmental peer advisors.  Please note that only students graduating in Fall 2013 or later may complete the minor.

Minor advising:

Advisor: Erin Leigh Inama
Office: 3312 Dwinelle Hall
Telephone: (510) 642-2378
Email: histadm(at)berkeley.edu
Spring advising hours: usually 9-12 and 1-4 Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday

Advisor: History Department Peer Advisors
Office: 3223 Dwinelle Hall
Telephone: N/A
Email: history-peers(at)berkeley.edu
Spring advising hours: please check back for more details!

If you're just dropping off paperwork and don't need to speak to an advisor, you're welcome to bring them to the department's front office (3229 Dwinelle Hall) and ask to have them placed in the minor mailbox.


The minor requires a total of six history courses, one of which must be a lower-division course and five of which must be upper-division courses. Among the upper-division courses, students must have at least one course in two of the following historical fields:

  • Africa
  • Asia
  • Europe
  • Latin America
  • Near and Middle East
  • United States
  • Comparative (e.g. History of Science, Transnational/Global History, the History of Human Rights, etc.)

Approved Courses:

Lower-Division: 1, 2, 3, 4A/B, 5, 6A/B, 7A/B, 8A/B, 10, 11, 12, 14, 30, and 39A/C/D/E/F/G/H/I/J/K/L/M

Africa: 100H, 103H, and 112B/C

Asia: 100F, 103F, 111A/B/C/D/C111B, 113A/B, 114A/B, 116A/B/C/D/G, 117A/D, 118A/B/C, and 119A

Europe: 100AP, 100B, 103B, 103C, 105A/B, 106A/B, 107, 149B, 150B, 155A/B, 156, 151A/B/C, 152A, C157, 158A/B/C, 159A/B, 162A, 164A/B/C, 165A/B/D, 166A/B/C, 167A/B/C, 168A, 169A, 170, 171A/B/C, 172, 173B/C, 174A/B, 178, 185A/B, and C194

Latin America: 100E, 103E, 140B, 141B, 143, and 146

Near and Middle East: 100M, 103M, 108, 109A/B/C, and 177A/B

United States: 100AC, 100D, 103D, 120AC, 121B, 122AC, 123, 124A/B, 125A/B, 126A/B, 127AC, 130/B, 131B, C132B, 134A, 135, 136/B/C/AC, 137AC, 138/T, C139B/C, and 154

Comparative: 100L, 100S, 100U, 103L, 103S, 103U, 104, 158D, 160, 162B, C175B, 180/T, 181B, 182A/AT, 183A, 186, C187, C188C, 190, C191, and C192

History courses that cannot be applied to the minor: R1B, 24, 84, 98, C196A/B/W, and 199, as well as courses that are not at least four units

Please note that new courses may be added to this list. If students have any questions about a history course not on this list they should consult with the minor advisor or one of the peer advisors.

Policies Regarding the Minor:

  • The lower-division course may be taken at a California community college. Only articulated courses will count. See assist.org for a full list of currently articulated courses.
  • Students cannot meet the lower-division requirement through AP coursework.
  • All five upper-division courses must be taken at Berkeley within the Department of History. The only exception is crosslisted courses. Students may elect to take courses crosslisted with Berkeley History courses from any offering department.
  • Courses taken through EAP and other programs abroad will not be counted for the minor.
  • All courses must be taken for a letter grade. An overall GPA of 2.0 is required in coursework applied to the minor.  EXCEPTION: For students declaring the minor in Fall 2013, you may apply one previously completed (Summer 2013 or earlier) course taken P/NP towards the minor.  For students declaring the minor in Spring 2014 or later, previously completed P/NP coursework will not be able to be applied towards the minor.
  • Only one course may be used to satisfy both a minor and a major requirement.
  • Only one course may be used to satisfy two minor programs' requirements.
  • History majors may not complete a minor in history.

Declaring the History Minor:

Students are welcome to submit the department's "History Minor Application" after they have completed at least one course that will be counted towards the minor.  (Note: students are not required to submit the paperwork this early.) In addition to turning in the application, students who have taken their lower-division minor course elsewhere should provide an unofficial copy of transcript showing course that satisfies the minor and the grade received.

Completing Minor:

All students must submit a completed “History Minor Application” before the end of their penultimate semester at Berkeley (you may submit it anytime before then as well).  L&S students must additionally submit a "Completion of L&S Minor" form at some point before finals week of the semester they graduate.

Last updated 1 February 2018