Minor Requirements

First, deadlines (but keep reading after this, too)!

Deadline to submit the departmental History Minor Application is the semester before your Expected Graduation Term (EGT).  Specifically, the last day of RRR week in fall if you're graduating in the spring and the last day of RRR week in spring if you're graduating in the fall.

Deadline to submit L&S's Completion of L&S Minor Form is your final semester.

Email your Minor Forms as PDF attachments to history-undergradadvisor@berkeley.edu.


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. For the upper-division course requirement, students must have at least one course in two of the following historical fields:

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

Approved Courses

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.

Approved Courses by Field

Lower Division

1, 2, 3, 4A/B, 5, 6A/B, 7A/B, 8A/B, 10, 11, 12, 14, 20, 30, and 39A/C/D/E/F/G/H/I/J/K/L/M/T/U/V/W/X/Y/Z


100H, 103H, and 112B/C


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


100AP, 100B, 103B, 103C, 105A/B, 106A/B, 107, 149B, 150B, 155A/B, 156/C, 151A/B/C, 152A, C157, 158A/B/C/D, 159A/B, 162A/C, 164A/B/C, 165A/B/D, 166A/B/C, 167A/B/C/D, 168A, 169A, 170, 171A/B/C, 172, 173B/C, 174A/B, 178, 185A/B, 188D/E, and C194

Latin America

100E, 103E, 140B, 141B, 142, 143, and 146

Near & Middle East

100M, 103M, 108, 109A/B/C, and 177A/B

North America

100AC, 100D, 103D, 120AC, 121B, 122AC, 123, 124A/B, 125A/B, 126A/B, 127AC, 128AC, 130/B, 131B/C, C132B, 133A/B, 134A/B, 135/B, 136/B/C/AC, 137AC, 138/T, 139A, C139B/C, and 154


100L, 100S, 100U, 103L, 103S, 103U, 104, 158D, 160, 162B, C175B, 180/T, 181B, 182A/AT, C182C (if taught by History), 183A, C184D, 186, C187, C188C, 190, C191, and C192

Courses That Do Not Apply

R1B, 24, 84, 98, C196A/B/W, and 199, as well as courses that are not at least four units

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. EXCEPTION: per L&S policy, students may apply towards the minor coursework taken P/NP in Spring 2020, Summer 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021, and Summer 2021.
  • Only one course may be used to satisfy both a minor and a major requirement.
  • 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 the 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.