Complement your current degree or interest with a foundational background in history, selecting from an assortment of topics, like international history and the history of college sports. Exploring the past prepares you for the future in any career you choose.


Students who pursue the minor in history study the growth and development of human society from all aspects: political, social, economic and cultural. The program covers the history of the United States, Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa. Courses are designed to give students both breadth and depth in understanding today's complex world.

At a Glance

  • Location: Tempe campus, or online
  • Additional Program Fee: No
  • Second Language Requirement: No

Degree Requirements

The history minor consists of 18 credit hours of course work, at least 12 credit hours of which must be in upper-division course work.

On-campus students earning a minor in history must complete one 12-credit-hour HST geographic concentration (United States, Europe, Asia or Latin America). This option includes in-person classes and iCourses.

ASU Online students earning a history minor must complete a minimum of 12 credit hours in U.S. history courses.

The School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies requires a grade of at least "C" (2.00 on a 4.00 scale) in all courses in the minor. A minimum of six upper-division hours in the minor must be taken from courses offered by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Depending upon a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this minor.

Admission Requirements

GPA Requirement: None

Incompatible Majors: BA in history; BA in history (secondary education); BAE in secondary education (history)

Other Enrollment Requirements: None

Current ASU undergraduate students may pursue a minor and have it recognized on their ASU transcript at graduation. Students interested in pursuing a minor should consult their academic advisor to declare the minor and to ensure that an appropriate set of courses is taken. Minor requirements appear on the degree audit once the minor is added. Certain major and minor combinations may be deemed inappropriate by the college or department of either the major program or the minor. Courses taken for the minor may not count toward both the major and the minor. Students should contact their academic advisor for more information.

Attend Online

ASU offers this program in an online format with multiple enrollment sessions throughout the year. Applicants may view the program description and request more information here.