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.
Advisor: Erin Leigh Inama
Office: 3312 Dwinelle Hall
Telephone: (510) 642-2378
Spring advising hours: usually 9-12 and 1-4 Monday-Friday
Advisor: History Department Peer Advisors
Office: 3228 Dwinelle Hall
Spring advising hours: please check 3228 Dwinelle 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:
Lower-Division: 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/C111B, 113A/B, 114A/B, 116A/B/C/D/G, 117A/D, 118A/B/C, and 119A
Europe: 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, 160, 162B, C175B, 180/T, 181B, 182A/AT, 183A, 186, C187, 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.
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.
All students must submit a completed “History Minor Application” and an L&S “Minor Completion” petition by the minor declaration deadline during the semester in which they intend to graduate (the departmental form may be submitted sooner). The deadline for the Spring is May 1 and the Fall is November 1. The application and completion forms may be submitted simultaneously. Students who have declared the minor early should note that they will still need bring in an L&S “Minor Completion” petition (including, if applicable, the major/minor overlap page) once they have enrolled in their last class to finalize the minor. The last date minor declarations and completions will be accepted is November 1 or May 1 the term of graduation.
Update for Spring 2017 graduates: we've received confirmation that we will still need to collect the L&S “Minor Completion” (including, if applicable, the major/minor overlap page) for Spring 2017. Please be sure to drop it off on or before the 1 May deadline. Please note that the History minor will not appear on your CalCentral page for the foreseeable future (we are awaiting clarification as to how long it might take for the minor to actually appear as part of your academic record and hope to post an update here soon).