History of Empire and Colonialism

This minor explores the historical development of imperial and colonial formations around the world, from ancient times to the current era of neoliberalism and globalization. How have imperial and colonial formations shaped larger processes and events in world history? And how have historical actors in both colonies and metropoles experienced, negotiated, advanced, and resisted imperial and colonial domination? See the approved course list for this minor.

History of Religion and Society

This minor explores the development of religious traditions worldwide, asking how religious beliefs, practices, and institutions have helped shape culture, politics, and ideology from pre-modern times to the present. Courses in the minor push students to consider the multifarious ways in which religion structures society and is structured by it. See the approved course list for this minor.

History of Race, Gender, and Power

This minor explores the centrality of race and gender in shaping and reproducing hierarchical relations of power around the world. From social classifications and legal codes in ancient and medieval societies to scientific and cultural conceptions of racial and sexual differences over the last four centuries, how have race and gender defined and denied access to power to justify and naturalize social inequalities? And how have different peoples organized politically around racial and gender identities (e.g., as women, as Chicanas, as First Nations, etc.) to contest and transform social norms? See the approved course list for this minor.

History of War and Society

This minor explores experiences of civil and international wars as a means to question how violence, conflict, and other traumatic acts have shaped political, social, and cultural formations in the past and present. In addition to military history, courses in this minor examine the following aspects of war's linkage to society: how the experiences and exigencies of war create conditions for broader changes, including changes in notions of territorial integrity, sovereignty, national belonging, citizenship, gender, and race, as people are called to serve in battle zones and on the home front. See the approved course list for this minor.

History of Science

The history of science minor gives students an introduction to the development of science in history, and its historical interpretation. It includes survey courses, a junior methods seminar, and an independent study project undertaken with the advice of a faculty member. See the approved course list for this minor.

History (General)

The general minor in history allows students to study a range of subjects in different regions and at different periods in time. Students can individually construct a minor around themes not covered in the other minors, as well as work specifically in one region or in one time period. All history courses can be used for this minor as long as they meet the requirements listed below.


Declaring a Minor

Any undergraduate student with at least sophomore standing (45 credits completed), who is declared in a major, may declare a minor. You should declare the minor through your major department advising office. You are not required to contact the History Undergraduate Advising Office in order to pursue the minor, although we would be happy to answer any questions you might have about the minor or our courses.

Minor Requirements

To complete a History minor students must satisfy the following minimum requirements:

  1. 30 credits of history coursework. History coursework is defined as any course offered under HSTCMP, HSTAFM, HSTLAC,HSTAA, HSTAM, HSTAS, or HSTEU, HSTRY, or officially cross-listed with the History department. For all minors other than the general minor in history, courses must come from the approved course lists.
  2. A minimum of 20 of the 30 credits must be in the upper division (300-400 level)
  3. A minimum of 15 of the 20 upper division credits must be completed in residence at the University of Washington. Transfer and AP credit, correspondence courses, and foreign study courses are not classified as "in residence."
  4. A minimum grade of 2.0 in each course applied toward the minor.

Applying to Graduate

You must declare the minor before the last day of the quarter in which you wish to graduate. Failure to complete this paperwork will mean the minor is not posted to your UW transcript.

Minors in Allied Fields

In addition to the History Minor, students may wish to pursue one of the following interdisciplinary minors:

  1. Ancient History and Classics
  2. Labor Studies
  3. Diversity Minor
  4. Hellenic Studies
  5. Bioethics