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Majors and Minors

About History Majors and Minors

The History major and minor are flexible and can be paired with almost any other degree on campus. Double majors can even get dual credit for some courses.

Although not required, candidates for the major or minor in History are encouraged to define a topical, thematic, or chronological area of concentration. These are not predetermined but are up to each individual student to create. Examples of such concentrations include: the history of religion, environmental history, gender and sexuality, empires, and medieval history.
Requirements for each of the degrees are described below. Find the one that is most appealing, download the corresponding degree worksheet, and chart the way to completion. Students are welcome to contact the advisor with questions. Check out the featured courses for this semester’s upper-division offerings.

The major in History requires 36 credits. At least 24 of these credits must be completed in the Department of History at the University of Utah. Students must receive at least a grade of C- for a course to count toward the major.

History Major Worksheet

Coursework for the History major should be distributed as follows:

  • 3 Lower Division Electives in History.
  • Required Courses: HIST 1700, HIST 3100, HIST 4990.
  • 6 Upper Division Electives in History.
  • Students from the Honors College will need to take HIST 4999, which will count as one of the 6 electives.
  • Students have the option of replacing up to two (2) Upper Division requirements with a Hinckley Internship in History.

A minor in History requires 18 credits. At least 12 of these credits must be completed in the Department of History at the University of Utah. Students must receive at least a grade of C- for a course to count toward the minor.

History Minor Worksheet

Coursework for the History minor should be distributed as follows:

  • Students can take any 2 Lower Division History courses and any 4 Upper Division History courses.
  • No more than 2 of these may be lower division (1000 and 2000 level) courses.
  • Students have the option of replacing up to one (1)  requirement with a Hinckley Internship in History.

A History teaching major requires 42 credits. At least 24 of these credits must be completed in the Department of History at the University of Utah. Students must receive at least a grade of C- for a course to count toward the major.

History Teaching Major Worksheet

Coursework for the History teaching major should be distributed as follows:

  • Required courses: HIST 1100, HIST 1110, HIST 1500, HIST 1510, HIST 2700, HIST 2710, HIST 3100, HIST 4660, HIST 4990, and HIST 5340.
  • 4 Upper Division Electives in History.
  • Certification requires completion of coursework at the Urban Institute for Teacher Education.
  • Students from the Honors College will need to take HIST 4999, which will count as one of their 4 electives.
  • Students have the option of replacing up to one (1)  requirement with a Hinckley Internship in History.

A History teaching minor requires 27 credits. At least 18 of these credits must be completed in the Department of History at the University of Utah. Students must receive at least a grade of C- for a course to count toward the minor.

History Teaching Minor Worksheet

Coursework for the History teaching minor should be distributed as follows:

  • Required Courses: HIST 1100 or HIST 1110, HIST 1500, HIST 1510, HIST 2700, HIST 2710, HIST 3100, HIST 4660, HIST 4990, and HIST 5340.
  • Certification requires completion of coursework at the Urban Institute for Teacher Education.
Last Updated: 10/25/23