History Majors & Minors


The history major is a customizable degree program that allows students to take a wide variety of courses. Below is a look at what the program consists of:

  • History 2800: Introduction to the Discipline of History (3 credit hours)
  • Two 4000-level Seminars (6 credit hours)


A history minor is a great opportunity for students to explore various historical and current topics at an entry level, allowing them to complement their major in a different field. A minor in history allows you to broaden your training and experience and teaches you skills that can be applied across all majors and disciplines, from the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities, to art, law, business, education, and public service.

A four-course minor in history may overlap with two of your general education courses. The Department’s courses cover the history of the entire world from ancient times to the present, so you will have a wide range of options. If you prefer, however, you may choose four courses from different fields, regions, and time periods. The history minor, therefore, does not limit your options, but in fact expands them.

Closer Than You Think

For additional information about the history minor, please see History Advisor, Shellie Shirk (shirk.20@osu.edu)

Students must complete the following for a History minor:

  • 12 credit hours of history courses
  • All courses must be at the 2000-level or above
  • 6 credit hours must be at the 3000-level or above
  • Overlap with two GE courses is permitted

Students may choose any history course they like as long as the summation of their courses fit the requirements listed above. That said, we encourage students to group their courses based on geographic region or theme.