Tulum by Catherwood, 1844Adding a minor in History is easy to do regardless of your major.  A History minor will broaden your educational experience and diversify your professional choices upon graduation. The minor requires just 21 credit hours of history, comprised of the following requirements:

  • HIST 101 and 102
  • One course in World History at the 300- or 400-level
  • Another history course at the 300- or 400-level
  • Three additional history courses

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History majors may wish to consider adding a minor in one of the following areas:

Africana Studies

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The minor in African/African-American studies broadens students' world perspectives by enhancing their acquaintance with and understanding of the peoples, cultures and institutions of Africa and the African Diaspora in the Western Hemisphere. Coordinator: Dr. Aderonke Adesanya, School of Art, Design and Art History.

American Studies

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The minor in American studies is based on the desirability of developing a coordinated understanding of American civilization, past and present, acquired through selected courses offered by the traditional departments and special courses offered by the program itself. Focus in humanistic subjects and the social sciences will provide the student with the means of exploring the interrelationships among diverse aspects of our culture and changing patterns of ideas and values. Coordinator: Dr. Laura Henigman, Department of English.

Asian Studies

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The purpose of this interdisciplinary program is to broaden the students' perspective by enhancing their understanding and appreciation of Asian culture and institutions. This pro-gram combines the offerings of several departments, such as art, economics, history, foreign languages, political science, religion and sociology and anthropology. Coordinator: Dr. Yongguang Hu, Department of History.

Classical Studies

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The minor in Classical Studies introduces students to the literature, culture, philosophy, history, and languages of Greco-Roman civilization. The requirement is successful completion of 24 credit hours chosen from the following courses offered by participating departments. Students who take Latin or Greek can apply up to 12 credit hours to the minor. Coordinator: Dr. Stephen Chappell, Department of History.

Environmental Humanities

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The Environmental Humanities minor invites students from all majors to discover how their creative and critical thinking skills can lead them to environmental engagement now and in their professional futures. Environmental Humanities is an interdisciplinary minor offering opportunities to explore the complex interactions between humans and the natural environment though the study of literature, history, communication, religion, philosophy, and the visual and performing arts. The minor requires 18 credit hours. Coordinator: Dr. Katey Castellano, Department of English

Historical Archaeology

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While open to all majors at JMU, the minor in historical archaeology is designed as a complement to existing majors in anthropology and history, though it should be of interest to students in art history, museum studies and administration. While guided by the theoretical underpinnings of history and anthropology, the minor in historical archaeology is highly field and research oriented. Students enrolling in the program should anticipate courses that require significant effort outside the classroom. The minor requires a minimum of 23 credit hours. Coordinators: Dr. Dennis Blanton, Department of Sociology/Anthropology, and Dr. Gabrielle Lanier, Department of History.

Interdisciplinary Social Science

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The interdisciplinary social science minor offers a program of integrated study that exposes students to diverse methodologies, philosophies and controversies that define the social sciences. It is a required minor for secondary education students who wish to teach social studies. The ISS minor incorporates economics, geography, history and political science and is offered in two forms for secondary education students. Secondary education students will major in either history or political science and then complete the ISS minor that corresponds to the major. Through this minor and the completion of the B.A. degree in history or political science, students will gain the content knowledge necessary for success in secondary education in social studies. Student not selecting the secondary education licensure program may declare either form of the ISS minor. The minimum requirement for a minor in interdisciplinary social science for history majors is 26 credit hours. Coordinators: Dr. Alison D. Sandman and Dr. David Dillard, Department of History.

Latin American and Caribbean Studies

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This minor allows students to acquire a deeper understanding of Latin America. Students are encouraged to explore the possibility of studying in a Latin American country for a semester or summer session. Coordinator: Dr. William Van Norman, Department of History.

Medieval and Renaissance Studies

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The minor focuses on the period from the fall of Rome (5th Century C.E.) to 1700. Students can take courses in Art History, English, History, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Religion, and a range of languages (Arabic, French, Spanish, German, Italian, and Latin as well as medieval languages such as Old English and Middle English) in the original or in translation. Students may focus on either the medieval or the Renaissance periods or combine coursework in both Periods. Coordinator: Dr. Peter Eubanks, Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

Middle Eastern Communities and Migrations

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The Middle Eastern Communities and Migrations minor concentrates on social and political issues involving Muslim, Christian and Jewish populations in their own right and in relation to one another in the territory between the Nile and Indus rivers during the modern period. The program is also designed to accommodate consideration of other communities including Hindus, Turks and Mediterranean peoples in the larger area stretching from North Africa to Southeast Asia as well as Middle Eastern diaspora communities in Europe and the Americas from the ancient period to the present. Coordinator: Dr. Shah Mahmoud Hanifi, Department of History.

Modern European Studies

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The minor in Modern European Studies provides an interdisciplinary understanding of social dynamics in Europe from the Enlightenment (18th century) through the present. Students enrolling in the minor will gain proficiency in at least one European language and will explore European history, politics, society, culture, and thought. They will develop a wide-ranging appreciation of this important and dynamic world region. Coordinator: Dr. John Scherpereel, Department of Political Science.

Russian Studies

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This minor offers students a broad, interdisciplinary perspective on Russian culture, history, political institutions, economy and geography. This program deepens the students' understanding and knowledge of the Russian and non-Russian peoples of the former Soviet Union, and prepares them for careers in teaching, government and international business. Coordinator: Dr. Stephany Plecker, Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

Science, Technology and Society

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The minor in Science, Technology, and Society (STS) offers students the opportunity to critically examine science, technology, and medicine as expressions of human cultures, past and present. Students learn to scrutinize the ideas, values, and materials embedded in the world they inhabit today and to relate them to other times and places. They explore how choices made within various social, economic, and political structures influence the development of science, technology and medicine. They also see how the adoption and diffusion of ideas, artifacts and techniques can then influence individuals, society, politics, and culture. Courses in this minor draw students together from diverse majors across the campus and encourage open inquiry into the role of science and technology in society. Coordinator: Dr. Kevin Borg, Department of History.

Women's and Gender Studies

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The Women's Studies minor is an 18 credit hour interdisciplinary program that explores the scholarship related to gender and equity issues. This minor includes one required course, WGS 200. The remainder of the program incorporates many academic fields. Coordinator: Dr. Mary Thompson, Department of English.

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