You may already have a major but you're still looking for a useful minor to round out your studies. A minor in History is a good choice, whether you're majoring in philosophy, communications, or even computer and information sciences. It provides an understanding of "why we are what we are" and "how we came to be where we are today." It teaches you skills—research, analysis, writing, and oral communication—that you will use throughout your life.

Studying history is also fun. You learn about people, famous and not-so-famous. You learn about cultures and fashions and food. There are mysteries to be solved and puzzles to be answered. And there is never a shortage of stories to explore.

Please note: HY 101, HY 102, HY 120, and HY 121 may also apply toward Core Curriculum Area IV.

Course Catalog

A complete list of minor requirements and courses are available in the UAB Undergraduate Catalog.

Program Requirements

All program requirements and courses are outlined in the UAB Undergraduate Catalog. The minor requirements consist of introductory US history courses, general introductory courses, and electives.

Introductory US History—select one of the following (3 credit hours):


This course provides an introduction to some of the main political, social, cultural, and economic developments in American history from the era of exploration and colonial settlement through the end of the Civil War. Central themes of the course will include the cross-cultural encounters (and clashes) in the Americas between various European and native peoples; the spectacular growth of European settlements in North America; the creation (always contested) of an American national identity; the emergence of a market economy and the question of American ideas of success and happiness.

This course assists students in gaining a sophisticated understanding of the development of modern America—its politics, economics, and social fabric together with how these have helped shape its foreign involvement. In the process, this course helps students understand the big idea of "change over time" and how all people face the choice of using change to help themselves and others—or not do this with resultant consequences. Finally, this course offers lessons out of our past about civic engagement, cultural diversity, and emerging globalism—values for productive citizenship on the contemporary scene.

General Introductory Courses—select two of the following (6 credit hours):


This course examines the diverse cultures which are included in what is commonly referred to as the West. Students develop an understanding of the evolution of religious, political, social, military, and economic structures and relationships in Europe and the Middle East up to 1600. Students develop an appreciation of how individuals have influenced and been influenced by time and place. Students may not take both HY 101 and HY 104.

This course examines developments in the Western World since 1600. Since for most of this period European culture dominated the world, the course will also examine interactions between the West and non-European cultures. The course focuses on political, economic, social, and cultural developments and stresses change and continuity over time as well as the various ideas and debates which have marked the modern West. Students may not take both HY 102 and HY 105.

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the development of major world civilizations from pre-history to the early modern era (ca. 1600 CE). The principal characteristics of these civilizations—such as political development, social structure, gender relations, religious beliefs, and philosophies—will be examined. The ultimate goal is for students to see the world around them with an increased understanding and appreciation for the societies, traditions, and ideas that existed in the past and in many cases still exist and influence us today. Students may not take both HY 101 and HY 104.

This course will examine many significant world historical developments from the beginning of the early modern era (approximately 1600 CE) to the present. These historical developments include: intellectual movements, political revolutions and nationalism, industrialization, cultural changes, and the relationship between Western and non-Western societies. The ultimate goal of this course is for students to perceive the world around them with an increased understanding and appreciation for the diverse societies, traditions, and ideas that existed in the past—and in many cases still exist and influence us today. Students may not take both HY 102 and HY 105.

History Electives (9 credit hours):

Select six hours from 300-level or above History courses and three hours of any level History courses.

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