The history minor allows majors in other disciplines to round out their education by completing a three-course concentration in the history of a world region and taking three additional history courses of their own choosing. History minors have opportunities to conduct independent research, engage in globally relevant activities through coursework and language study at Mason and abroad, and prepare for their future careers through internships and other college-to-career activities.


Eight credits of coursework must be unique to the minor and students must complete all coursework with a minimum GPA of 2.00. Of the 18 credits applied to the minor, 12 credits must be at the 300 or 400-level.

For policies governing all minors, see AP.5.3.4 Minors.

Banner Code: HIST

Minor Requirements

Total credits: 18

Students should be aware of the specific policies associated with this program, located on the Admissions & Policies tab.

Core Courses

Select three courses (9 credits) concentrated in a region or topic.9
Total Credits9

Students choose courses to meet this requirement that are concentrated in a region or topic. The region or topic should relate, if possible, to their major. Lists of courses, by region, can be found in the BA in history without concentration degree requirements. Students should review their plan with the director of the minor.


Select three electives (9 credits) in History9
Total Credits9

In addition to HIST courses, students may use HNRS 240 Reading the Past (Topic Varies) to fulfill this requirement.