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History Minor

History Department
College of Liberal Arts
Link to a list of faculty for this program.
Contact Information
Department of History, 1110 Heller Hall, 271 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-624-5840); fax: (612-624-7096)
  • Program Type: Graduate minor related to major
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2022
  • Length of program in credits (master's): 6
  • Length of program in credits (doctoral): 12
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
Areas of concentration in the history minor include Africa; ancient history; East and South Asia; late antiquity and the middle ages; medieval, early modern, and modern Europe; the early modern world; Middle East; Latin America; and the United States and its colonial background. Scholarly resources include Center for Austrian Studies, Center for German and European Studies, Center for Medieval Studies, Immigration History Research Center, Minnesota Population Center, Modern Greek Studies, Center for Early Modern History, Institute for Advanced Study, and Consortium for the Study of the Premodern World.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
Special Application Requirements:
Students intending to minor in History must gain approval from their major field advisor and director of graduate studies, as well as the History director of graduate studies regarding timing and requirements.
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Use of 4xxx courses towards program requirements is not permitted.
Language Requirement: At least one language other than English
A minimum GPA of 3.50 is required for students to remain in good standing.
At least one language requirement must be satisfied prior to the preliminary oral examination.
Coursework (6 to 12 credits)
Masterís students select 6 credits from the following list. Doctoral students must take HIST 8015 and 9 additional credits from the list. Courses are selected in consultation with the History director of graduate studies.
HIST 5053 - Doing Roman History: Sources, Methods, and Trends (3.0 cr)
HIST 5264 - Imperial Russia: Formation and Expansion of the Russian Empire in the 18th and 19th Centuries (3.0 cr)
HIST 5265 - 20th-Century Russia: The Collapse of Imperial Russia, the Revolutions, and the Soviet Regime (3.0 cr)
HIST 5478 - Tigers and Dragons: The Rise of the East Asian Economies, 1930-Present (3.0 cr)
HIST 5479 - History of Chinese Cities and Urban Life (3.0 cr)
HIST 5513 - North Africa since 1500: Islam, Colonialism, and Independence (3.0 cr)
HIST 5540 {Inactive} (1.0-4.0 cr)
HIST 5547 - Empire and Nations in the Middle East (3.0 cr)
HIST 5614 {Inactive} (3.0 cr)
HIST 5708 - The Age of Curiosity: Art, Science & Technology in Europe, 1400-1800 [AH, TS] (3.0 cr)
HIST 5720 {Inactive} (3.0 cr)
HIST 5801 - Seminar in Early American History (3.0 cr)
HIST 5802 - Readings in American History, 1848-Present (3.0 cr)
HIST 5831 - Cultural Fallout: The Cold War and Its Legacy: Readings (3.0 cr)
HIST 5890 - Readings in American Indian and Indigenous History (3.0 cr)
HIST 5900 {Inactive} (1.0-4.0 cr)
HIST 5901 - Latin America Proseminar: Colonial (3.0 cr)
HIST 5902 - Latin America Proseminar: Modern (3.0 cr)
HIST 5910 - Topics in U.S. History (1.0-4.0 cr)
HIST 5920 {Inactive} (3.0 cr)
HIST 5932 - The Production of Knowledge, Negotiating the Past, and the Writing of African Histories (3.0 cr)
HIST 5940 {Inactive} (1.0-4.0 cr)
HIST 5960 - Topics in History (1.0-4.0 cr)
HIST 5962 {Inactive} (3.0 cr)
HIST 5993 - Directed Study (1.0-16.0 cr)
HIST 8015 - Scope and Methods of Historical Studies (3.0 cr)
HIST 8021 - History Research Seminar (3.0 cr)
HIST 8025 - Politics of Historical Memory (3.0 cr)
HIST 8031 - Doing Digital History (3.0 cr)
HIST 8122 - Public Histories (3.0 cr)
HIST 8245 - Human Rights: A Global History (3.0 cr)
HIST 8540 - Topics in Mediterranean Studies (1.0-4.0 cr)
HIST 8630 - Seminar in World History (3.0 cr)
HIST 8644 - Legal History Workshop (3.0 cr)
HIST 8645 - American Legal History (3.0 cr)
HIST 8801 - Seminar in Early American History (3.0 cr)
HIST 8802 - Readings in American History, 1848-Present (3.0 cr)
HIST 8900 - Topics in European/Medieval History (1.0-4.0 cr)
HIST 8910 - Topics in U.S. History (1.0-4.0 cr)
HIST 8920 - Topics in African History (1.0-4.0 cr)
HIST 8930 - Topics in Ancient History (1.0-4.0 cr)
HIST 8940 - Topics in Asian History (1.0-4.0 cr)
HIST 8960 - Topics in History (1.0-4.0 cr)
HIST 8980 - Topics in Comparative Women's History (3.0-4.0 cr)
HIST 8990 - Topics in Comparative History-Research (3.0 cr)
HIST 8993 - Directed Study (1.0-16.0 cr)
HIST 8994 - Directed Research (1.0-16.0 cr)
History 8015
This course is optional for master's students and is required for doctoral students.
HIST 8015 - Scope and Methods of Historical Studies (3.0 cr)
Program Sub-plans
Students are required to complete one of the following sub-plans.
Students may not complete the program with more than one sub-plan.
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HIST 5053 - Doing Roman History: Sources, Methods, and Trends
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Fall Even, Spring Odd Year
Survey of major scholarship in field of Roman history since Mommsen. Political, cultural, social, military, and economic history. Focuses on methodological problems posed by evidence. Ways in which these issues shape research. prereq: Grad student or instr consent
HIST 5264 - Imperial Russia: Formation and Expansion of the Russian Empire in the 18th and 19th Centuries
Credits: 3.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: Hist 3264/Hist 5264
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Interaction with Europe and Asia; attempts at modernization and reform; emancipation of the serfs and rise of revolutionary movements.
HIST 5265 - 20th-Century Russia: The Collapse of Imperial Russia, the Revolutions, and the Soviet Regime
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Hist 3265/Hist 5265
Typically offered: Every Spring
Analysis of the factors that led to the collapse of the tsarist regime; discussion of the 1917 revolution, the evolution of the Soviet regime and the collapse of Soviet communism. Emphasis on the role of nationalities and the rise of the Commonwealth of independent states.
HIST 5478 - Tigers and Dragons: The Rise of the East Asian Economies, 1930-Present
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: GloS 3278/Hist 3478/Hist 5478
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Rise of East Asian Economies, 1930-Present. prereq: Grad student
HIST 5479 - History of Chinese Cities and Urban Life
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: ALL 3371/EAS 3479/Hist 3479/Hi
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Introduction to traditional Chinese cities, their modern transformation. Ideal city plan in Confucian classics compared with physical layout of some major cities. Models about Chinese cities, influence of the models on our understanding of Chinese history/society.
HIST 5513 - North Africa since 1500: Islam, Colonialism, and Independence
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Hist 3513Hist 5513 /RelS 3721/
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
History of the Maghrib (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya and disputed territories of Western Sahara from time of Ottoman expansion/Sharifian dynasties [Sa'dian/'Alawid]) in 16th/17th Centuries to end of 20th century. Focus on encounter of Islamic cultures/societies of Maghrib and Africa/Europe
HIST 5547 - Empire and Nations in the Middle East
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Modernity in non-Western imperial context. Identity, ideology, economy, environment, language. prereq: Grad student or instr consent
HIST 5708 - The Age of Curiosity: Art, Science & Technology in Europe, 1400-1800 (AH, TS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: ARTH 3315/HIST 3708/ARTH 5315/
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Diverse ways in which making of art and scientific knowledge intersected in early modern Europe. Connections between scientific curiosity and visual arts in major artists (e.g., da Vinci, Durer, Vermeer, Rembrandt). Artfulness of scientific imagery/diagrams, geographical maps, cabinets of curiosities, and new visual technologies, such as the telescope and microscope.
HIST 5801 - Seminar in Early American History
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Hist 5801/Hist 8801
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Introduction to literature of early American history. Readings selected from some of best scholarship in field. Questions of colonial historians. Theories, methods, sources used in pursuit of those questions.
HIST 5802 - Readings in American History, 1848-Present
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Hist 5802/Hist 8802
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Readings-intensive course. U.S. history from Mexican-American War to present.
HIST 5831 - Cultural Fallout: The Cold War and Its Legacy: Readings
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: AmSt 8231/Hist 5831
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Culture of the Cold War, its legacy. How it affected/reflected domestic politics, public policies, civic life, gender expectations, sexuality, class relations, racial justice, and civil rights. Impact of domestic anti-communism and of American cultural politics abroad.
HIST 5890 - Readings in American Indian and Indigenous History
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: AmIn 5890/Hist 5890
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Students in this course will read recently published scholarship in American Indian and Indigenous history that takes up pressing research questions, promises to push inquiry in new directions, and that theorizes important interventions in our thinking to understand where the field is situated and moving. Reflecting the instinctively interdisciplinary nature of American Indian and Indigenous history, readings will be drawn not just from the discipline of history but across other disciplines such as Anthropology, American Studies, Geography, Literature, Political Science, and Legal Studies. As well, readings will include scholarship that reaches out to embrace the Global Indigenous studies turn. prereq: Advanced undergrad with instr consent or grad student
HIST 5901 - Latin America Proseminar: Colonial
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Introduces beginning graduate and advanced undergraduate students to major historical writings on various Latin American themes. prereq: instr consent
HIST 5902 - Latin America Proseminar: Modern
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Introduces beginning graduate and advanced undergraduate students to major historical writings on various Latin American themes. prereq: instr consent
HIST 5910 - Topics in U.S. History
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 20.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Selected topics in U.S. history not covered in regular courses. Taught as staffing permits. prereq: Grad or advanced undergrad student with instr consent
HIST 5932 - The Production of Knowledge, Negotiating the Past, and the Writing of African Histories
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Afro 5932/Hist 5932
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Recent scholarship on social history of Africa. Focuses on new literature on daily lives of ordinary people in their workplaces, communities, households.
HIST 5960 - Topics in History
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 16.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Selected topics in history not covered in regular courses. Taught as staffing permits. prereq: [advanced undergrad with instr consent]
HIST 5993 - Directed Study
Credits: 1.0 -16.0 [max 20.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Guided individual reading or study. Prereq [Grad student or sr], instr consent, dept consent, college consent.
HIST 8015 - Scope and Methods of Historical Studies
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Development of historical studies over time (especially in 19th and 20th centuries). Methodologies currently shaping historical research. Theoretical developments within the discipline during 19th and 20th centuries. prereq: instr consent
HIST 8021 - History Research Seminar
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
The History Research Seminar will help History PhD students to conceptualize and articulate a significant research proposal and to become more effective writers. The course will prioritize the format and expectations of the dissertation prospectus, but with permission of the instructor students may develop a different research project (e.g. a seminar paper to become part of their portfolio, or a chapter of an MA thesis or dissertation). In either case, students will focus on the process of rigorously conceptualizing their research by writing a proposal using a format that is suggested by the Graduate School's Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship application's "Statement of Research" as a model.
HIST 8025 - Politics of Historical Memory
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Course Equivalencies: Ger 8820/Hist 8025
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Issues surrounding interaction of memory/history. Genealogy of historical memory. Individual narratives and circulation of historical memory. Sites/forms of collective memory. Justice and historical memory. Case studies, discussions, research projects.
HIST 8031 - Doing Digital History
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Hist 8031/HSPH 8006
Typically offered: Every Fall
Digital technologies are significantly altering the speed and scale of the foundational methodologies of archeology, history, and preservation. Moreover, they are shifting the way the public engages with the past in cultural institutions and across the myriad screens that pervade their daily life. In this course, students will not only learn how emerging digital technologies can enhance their research, but also how those technologies are fundamentally transforming the possibilities for the public presentation of that research. This course privileges hands-on learning and balances deepening essential methodological skills with exposure to a breadth of field-altering technologies. It is structured around five core methodologies--excavation, documentation, reconstruction, interpretation, and exhibition. In each unit, students will be first be tasked with identifying the underlying principles of these methodological approaches. They will then use class time to explore technologies that extend those methods such as high-resolution imaging, relational databases, text mining programs, virtual environments, and content management systems for website building. Bookending the course is a focus on effective collaboration--the foundation of successful digital projects--and public engagement in an increasingly connected yet fractured society.
HIST 8122 - Public Histories
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
This seminar examines the variety of ways that "public history" is produced both within and outside the academy and explores interdisciplinary approaches to the making and critical analysis of public histories. Students will discuss recent scholarship by historians as well as scholars and practitioners in allied fields. Through discussion and collaborative project work, the seminar will also provide a hands-on introduction to the theory, methods, practice and politics of public history.
HIST 8245 - Human Rights: A Global History
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
This course will focus on debates and social movements concerning human rights in the broadest sense, beginning with the seventeenth century and ending in the 1950s. Topics include colonization, slavery, torture, war crimes, rights to land, women's rights, sexual rights, and indigenous self-determination. The seminar will require a research or historiographical paper.
HIST 8540 - Topics in Mediterranean Studies
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 15.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Mediterranean history from Middle Ages to present. Taught as staffing permits. prereq: Grad student or advanced undergrad with instr consent
HIST 8630 - Seminar in World History
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Critical examination of historical literature dealing with theoretical approaches to world history and teaching of world history. prereq: instr consent
HIST 8644 - Legal History Workshop
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Hist 8645/Law 6228
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Introduction to legal history and professional socialization. Work-in-progress of leading scholars working in field of legal history. Students can undertake original research. prereq: instr consent
HIST 8645 - American Legal History
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Hist 8645/Law 6228
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
This course explores the interaction between law, politics, and culture in American society, concentrating on the period from the Revolution through the New Deal. Topics include: democracy and the rule of law; slavery; the public-private distinction; Civil War and Reconstruction; industrialization; expansion of the federal administrative state; law and the human sciences; crime and punishment; legal education and the role of the lawyer in the American polity. Readings will include primary legal sources, such as treatises, statutes, constitutions, and landmark cases, as well as contemporary religious, scientific, and literary works, which will help to situate the legal materials in broader cultural context. Several secondary sources will also be considered, both for insights into the topics covered, and to illustrate various approaches to legal-historical analysis. The course will encourage critical examination of these sources with the aim of clarifying how law has figured in the history and historiography of the United States. No previous background in American history is assumed.
HIST 8801 - Seminar in Early American History
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Hist 5801/Hist 8801
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Introduction to literature of early American history. Readings selected from some of best scholarship in field. Questions of colonial historians. Theories, methods, sources used in pursuit of those questions.
HIST 8802 - Readings in American History, 1848-Present
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Hist 5802/Hist 8802
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Readings-intensive course. U.S. history from Mexican-American War to present.
HIST 8900 - Topics in European/Medieval History
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 20.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Topics not covered in regular courses.
HIST 8910 - Topics in U.S. History
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 16.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Topics not covered in regular courses.
HIST 8920 - Topics in African History
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 20.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Topics not covered in regular courses.
HIST 8930 - Topics in Ancient History
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 16.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Topics not covered in regular courses.
HIST 8940 - Topics in Asian History
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 16.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Topics not covered in regular courses.
HIST 8960 - Topics in History
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 20.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Topics not covered in regular courses.
HIST 8980 - Topics in Comparative Women's History
Credits: 3.0 -4.0 [max 20.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Cross-cultural/thematic explorations in history of women. Gender/colonialism. Women/class formation. Women/religion. Sexuality. Medical construction of gender. Women's narratives as historical sources. Gender/politics. prereq: [advanced undergrad, instr consent]
HIST 8990 - Topics in Comparative History-Research
Credits: 3.0 [max 15.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Topics vary. Students read/discuss historical works from different geographic areas, develop proposals for comparative research, or pursue comparative research projects. prereq: instr consent
HIST 8993 - Directed Study
Credits: 1.0 -16.0 [max 16.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Students work on tutorial basis. Guided individual reading or study. prereq: Grad student, instr consent
HIST 8994 - Directed Research
Credits: 1.0 -16.0 [max 16.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Work on a tutorial basis. prereq: instr consent
HIST 8015 - Scope and Methods of Historical Studies
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Development of historical studies over time (especially in 19th and 20th centuries). Methodologies currently shaping historical research. Theoretical developments within the discipline during 19th and 20th centuries. prereq: instr consent