Minor: History

The History minor is a great way to supplement any other major with knowledge of history, international relations, and cultural studies. The strength of the History minor at UD compared to other programs in the region is its focus on cultural diversity and interdisciplinary rigor that promotes an intellectual orientation especially responsive to rapidly changing vocational realities.

By coming to a better understand of their present through the past, students position themselves for employment or graduate-level work.  Students select from courses that consider subject matter through a historical lens and foster engagement with global cultural diversity.  Through interdisciplinary study, the minor promotes making connections across time and space in a broad range of contexts.  Students are encouraged to choose between the International Studies and Cultural Studies emphases, based upon their career objective. 

History Minor: International Studies Emphasis

The International Studies emphasis will help prepare students for careers that require global awareness and sensitivity to the historical experience of diverse populations in a multi-ethnic society.  Focus will be on the Americas and in relation to global societies.  This emphasis will benefit those who seek a career in government, cultural and educational exchange organizations, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, transnational corporations, non-profit organizations that serve immigrant populations, and other domestic and foreign jobs.

History Minor: Cultural Studies Emphasis

The Cultural Studies emphasis will help prepare students for careers that engage the arts and plural American populations.  As an actor, musician, poet, dancer, or some other type of practitioner, students who complete the History minor will benefit by understanding their preferred mode of cultural expression within a broader cultural and historical context.  This emphasis will equally benefit those who seek a career as producer, director, museum educator, curator, events planner, historian of theater, art, music or dance, dramaturg, set designer, stage manager, technician, choreographer, development officer, or other arts-related roles.



History Minor Course Requirements

Required course (3 credits):

  • INTL 115: World Geography (3)

Two of the following courses (6 credits total):

  • HIST 130: Aviation History (3)
  • HIST 211: U.S. History to 1877 (3)
  • HIST 212: U.S. History since 1877 (3)
  • HIST 234: African American History (3)
  • HIST 301: Music’s Impact in History (3)
  • SPAN 411: History & Culture of the Hispanic World (3)

One of the following courses (3 credits total):

  • HIST 250: Museum Studies (3)
  • HIST 260: Archival Research (3)
  • HIST 270: Oral History (3)

Four of the following elective courses (12 credits total):

  • HIST 121: World Civilization I (3)
  • HIST 122: World Civilization II (3)
  • ART 111: Survey of Western Art I (3)
  • ART 112: Survey of Western Art II (3)
  • ART 368: Art and Culture (3)
  • ENG 331: Studies in Global Literature (3)
  • HWS 105: Social‐Historical Foundations of American Sport (3)
  • INTL 215: Global Perspectives (3)
  • INTL 315: Developing Nations (3)
  • MUSC 211: Broadway: A History of the Musical (3)
  • MUSC 215: Introduction to World Music (3)
  • MUSC 236: Jazz History (3)
  • PHL 261: World Philosophies (3)
  • REL 251: Religions of the World (3)
  • REL 253: Islam (3)
  • REL 255: Buddhism (3)
  • SOC 222: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3)

Additional courses may satisfy elective requirements upon approval from the Department of Philosophy, Politics and History.

Students are strongly encouraged (but not required) to pick courses within either an International Studies or Cultural Studies. Students choosing this option will choose their 12 houres of elective coursework from one of the two following lists.

An Emphasis in International Studies includes 12 credits (4 courses) of electives from the following list:

  • HIST 121: World Civilization I
  • HIST 122: World Civilization II
  • ENG 331: Studies in Global Lit
  • INTL 215: Global Perspectives
  • INTL 315: Developing Nations
  • PHL 261: World Philosophies
  • REL 251: Religions of the World
  • REL 253: Islam
  • REL 255: Buddhism
  • SOC 222: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

 An Emphasis in Cultural Studies includes 12 credits (4 courses) of electives from the following list:

  • HIST 121: World Civilization I
  • HIST 122: World Civilization II
  • ART 111: Survey of Western Art I
  • ART 112: Survey of Western Art II
  • ART 368: Art and Culture
  • HWS 105: Social‐Historical Foundations of American Sport
  • MUSC 211: Broadway: A History of the Musical
  • MUSC 215: Introduction to World Music
  • MUSC 236: Jazz History