History (Minor)

At a Glance: program details

Minor Map

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

Program Description

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. By providing an understanding of how the various regions of the world developed, the minor in history enables students to understand today's complex world.

Program Requirements

The history minor consists of 18 credit hours of coursework, at least 12 of which must be upper division. A grade of "C" (2.00 on a 4.00 scale) or better is required for all courses in the minor. A minimum of six upper-division credit hours must be in courses offered by The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
The minor in history is also available to complement the studies of ASU Online students. Certain course selections below are offered as oCourses to accommodate ASU Online students.
Lower-Division Core Survey Courses (choose two) -- 6 credit hours
Geographic Focus Courses (choose one course from each geographic area) -- 9 credit hours
HST Elective (9)
To complete the nine credit hours of HST electives for the minor, choose one course from each geographic area listed below.
Upper-Division Courses in African, Asian or Latin American History (choose one)
Upper-Division Courses in European History (choose one)
Upper-Division Courses in U.S. History (choose one)
Elective -- 3 credit hours
Prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this minor.

Enrollment 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. 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 minor.

Career Outlook

Minor programs allow students to develop additional competencies that complement the marketable knowledge and skills they acquire in their majors. A minor in history can help students as they pursue careers in many fields, including education, law, public administration, social services, foreign service and communications.

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions.


  • Growth: 8.2%
  • Median Salary*: 58640
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  • Growth: 3.1%
  • Median Salary*: 64540

History Teachers, Postsecondary

  • Growth: 1.3%
  • Median Salary*: 79400


  • Growth: 7.5%
  • Median Salary*: 135740
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  • Growth: 11.1%
  • Median Salary*: 60380
  Bright Outlook

Museum Technicians and Conservators

  • Growth: 9.9%
  • Median Salary*: 47270
  Bright Outlook

News Analysts, Reporters and Journalists

  • Growth: -3.3%
  • Median Salary*: 55960

Political Scientists

  • Growth: 6.6%
  • Median Salary*: 128020
  Bright Outlook

Philosophy and Religion Teachers, Postsecondary

  • Growth: 2.7%
  • Median Salary*: 78780

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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.

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