The Catholic University of America

Minoring in History

A minor in History is an excellent way to bolster your resumé.  History is unusual among the disciplines in being considered a member of both the humanities and the social sciences, giving you a range of abilities and perspectives.  Graduates with History degrees are understood to have honed their skills in research and writing and to be able to analyze and contextualize information.

A minor in History requires six courses in the history department.  Of these six, at least two must focus chronologically on a pre-1800 topic.  Additionally, four of the six courses must be 300-level courses or higher.  

AP Credit can be used for up to two of the six courses.  A four on an AP History exam will transfer in as one 200-level course credit, and a five on an AP History exam will transfer in as two 200-level course credits.  

Students who are considering a History minor are encouraged to pick up and return the minor declaration form, which can be found in the undergraduate office of Arts and Sciences (McMahon 107).  There is no penalty for declaring a minor and failing to finish it, but, alternately, if we know (because you submitted your paperwork) that you are on your way to a minor, then we can send you information (on internships and events) and consider you for admission to the History honors society Phi Alpha Theta.  As a minor you also become eligible to participate in internships-for-credit, research apprenticeships, junior research seminars, and other departmental opportunities.

For more information on a History minor, please email Dr. Young (