The History Minor

Requirements for the History Minor

A Minor in History consists of six History courses.  No more than two courses may come from study abroad, credit away, or transfer credit.  Courses for a Minor may not be taken pass/fail.

A. Geographic Distribution

Students must take a course in three of the following five geographic areas:

  • United States and Canada
  • Europe (including Britain and Australia)
  • Africa and the Middle East
  • Latin America and the Caribbean
  • East Asia and South Asia

Note: The content of some history courses—History 354 - American Expansion in the Pacific, for example—crosses regional boundaries. This course may be used as either an American or an Asian requirement, but it may not count for both areas.

B. Chronological Distribution

  • One Pre-1800 Course
  • One Post-1800 Course

Find current and past pre-1800 courses on the Department of History Website "Courses" page.

Note: Minors may "double-count" chronological and geographic distribution courses. For example, it is perfectly acceptable to take HIST 308 - Renaissance Europe, and HIST 097 - China in the Twentieth Century, in order to fulfill both chronological requirements and two of the three geographic requirements.

C. Upper-Level Seminar

Students must take at least one upper-level History seminar (200 level and above).

Courses fulfilling the Seminar requirement are listed on the Department of History Undergraduate Website's "Courses" page. 

D. Concentration (Optional)

Students may choose an area of concentration, though they are not required to do so.

Students who wish to have a concentration within the Minor must take three courses in that concentration, including one seminar. Minor concentrations do not appear on a student's transcript.

A minor concentration in Jewish History requires three of the six courses to be in the area of Jewish history, divided as follows: 1 of the 3 Jewish history surveys—HIST 139, HIST 140, and HIST141— and two additional courses in Jewish history, including one seminar. (With permission from a Jewish history faculty adviser, students may take one of these courses in another department.) The other requirements are the same for the general History Minor.

Declaring a Minor in History

Students interested in the History Minor should meet with the History Undergraduate Adviser to discuss the requirements and declare the minor officially. Sign up here to schedule an appointment with the History Adviser.

NOTE: "Official Declaration" means that a Minor in History appears on a student's transcript. Having a History Minor on a Penn InTouch worksheet—whether official or unofficial—is not sufficient.

Minor in Legal Studies and History (LSHS)

The University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and the College of Arts and Sciences are pleased to offer a unique program of study for undergraduate students that enables them to explore multiple perspectives on law as an inter-school supplement to their major field of study.

To declare the LSHS minor, students must meet with the appropriate department in their home school: Legal Studies for Wharton students; History for College students.

The Legal Studies and History Minor requires 8 courses

Required Core courses (3):

  • HIST 168 History of American Law to 1877               
  • HIST 169 History of American Law Since 1877
  • LGST 101 Law and Social Values

Philosophical Foundations of Law (choose 1):

  • PHIL/PPE 008 The Social Contract             
  • PHIL 077 Philosophy of Law        
  • PHIL 277 Justice, Law and Morality          
  • ECON 036 Law and Economics   

Political & Institutional Context of Law (choose 1):

  • HIST 109 Hamilton's America: US History 1775-1800
  • HIST 161 American Capitalism       
  • PSCI 183 American Political Thought       
  • SOCI 135 Law and Society            

International Perspective (choose 1):

  • LGST 216 Emerging Economies  
  • LGST 219 Law and Policy in International Business            
  • LGST 224 Human Rights and Globalization            

Public Policy & Regulation (choose 1):     

  • BEPP 201 Public Finance and Policy.        
  • BEPP 203 Business in the Global Political Environment.  
  • LGST 100 Ethics and Social Responsibility              

Legal Depth (choose 1):

  • LGST 202 Law of Corporate Management and Finance    
  • LGST 204 Real Estate Law            
  • LGST 205 Law of Marketing and Antitrust             
  • LGST 207 The Sports Industry: Business and Legal Aspects            
  • LGST 208 The Law at Work: Employment Law for Managers         
  • LGST 211 Legal Aspects of Health Care   
  • LGST 215 Environmental Management: Law & Policy       
  • LGST 218 Diversity and the Law 
  • LGST 221Constitutional Law and Free Enterprise
  • Other 200 level LGST course, with permission of Dr. Nichols

Questions regarding Wharton courses taken for the minor (LGST and BEPP) should be sent to Professor Philip Nichols 

Questions regarding College courses taken for the minor (ECON, HIST, PHIL, PPE, PSCI, SOCI) can be sent to Dr. Yvonne Fabella in the Department of History.