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 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.