History Minor

Program Requirements

  • Total units required: 18

Required Courses

Requirements Units
Introductory courses 6
Upper-level courses 12

Introductory Courses

  • One introductory survey (100 level)
  • One additional introductory course, chosen from any 100- or 200-level course listed in History and taught by history department faculty*

Note: Students may satisfy introductory course requirements using AP credit if they have earned a score of 5 on the AP European, U.S., or World History examinations.**


This course can be an introductory survey, lecture, or seminar, and it can be either home-based or cross-listed in History. Note: "History department faculty" does not include affiliated faculty.


Students will be awarded 3 units of credit per AP exam for a maximum of 6 credits toward the major or minor. A score of 4 on any of these exams may earn 3 units of elective credit but will not be counted toward the major or minor.

Upper-Level Courses

Students must complete 12 additional units, 9 of which must be at the 300 or 400 level.

Study Abroad

The Department of History strongly encourages student participation in the various year and semester abroad programs approved by the College. A maximum of 3 history credits earned from studying abroad may be applied to the minor. Students must have their courses preapproved by the department's study abroad advisor prior to departure.

Transfer Credits

While the History Department does not restrict the number of transfer credits a student can apply to the minor requirements, College policy does specify that at least half of the units for the minor must be completed in residence at the Washington University.


  1. Students must achieve a grade of C- or higher in a course in order for that course to count toward the minor requirements.
  2. All 18 units must be separate courses not double-counted toward the major or another minor. Courses in the minor may not be taken Pass/Fail.
  3. The department recognizes that some students take their first history course or develop an interest in declaring a minor in history only during their junior year and then face a dilemma in choosing between required introductory courses and upper-level course work more appropriate to their abilities. Such students, with the recommendation of their advisor in history, may petition the director of undergraduate studies to permit a designated upper-level course to substitute for one of the introductory courses. In all such cases, the minimum number of units in the minor remains 18.

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