Minor Requirements

Currently the minor in History is available only to students pursuing Teacher Education with a major other than History. There is no “academic” minor in History. If you are passionate about history, consider becoming a major! Click here to find out why it is one of the most flexible and rewarding degrees you can get.

The teaching minor in History consists of the following requirements:

    1. History courses: 22 credits
      • HST 140
      • HST 150
      • HST 201
      • HST 202
      • HST 203
      • HST 320
    2. Geography Courses: 9 credits
      • GEO 204
      • HST 140
      • HST 150

Frequently Asked Questions about the History Minor

1. How does my AP history affect my minor?
2. How do I declare my minor?
3. What courses will be offered in the summer?
4. Is there an association of undergraduates that I can join?
5. Is there an honor society in history?

1. How does my AP history affect my minor? If you took the AP exam in American history and got a grade of 3, 4 or 5, you received 8 credits for HST 202 and HST 203. These courses count towards the credits you need to complete your minor in History. If you took the AP exam in American History and got a grade of 2, you received a waiver, which means that your record will show that you have taken HST 202 and 203.  If you took the AP exam in World History and got a grade of 3, 4, or 5 you received 8 credits for HST 140 and HST 150. The credits in HST 140 and 150 count towards the completion of your minor in History. If you took the AP exam in World History and got a 2 on it, you received a waiver of HST 140 and 150, which means that your record will show that you have taken these courses. You did not, however, receive credit for waived courses, so you will have to complete the full 20-credit minimum which the State of Michigan requires for a teaching minor. AP credit in European history is not relevant to the minor. If any of your AP credits in history were used to fulfill your University requirement for courses in Integrative Studies in Arts and Humanities (IAH), you cannot also use those credits towards your history minor. You will need to substitute enough other credits in History to complete the full 20-credit minimum which the State requires for a minor.
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2. How do I declare my minor? Once you are admitted to the College of Education, you will need to declare your minor to them. You do not formally declare your minor to the History Department, but you are welcome to consult the History adviser (Dr. Tabuteau) about any questions you may have.
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3. What courses will be offered in the summer? Except for HST 201, all the courses required for the History Minor are usually offered online each summer. Nonetheless, it is unwise to plan your program so that your ability to graduate does not depend on the existence of a particular course in the summer. Find out more about our summer online course offerings!
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4. Is there a History Club? Yes! The History Club is open to all students, whatever their major. Announcements are posted on Professor Tabuteau’s listserv. Learn more here!
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5. Is there an honor society in history? The History honor society in Phi Alpha Theta. There is a chapter in this department. You do not need to be a History major to be a member of Phi Alpha Theta, but you must have a certain number of credits in History at Michigan State and you must have a certain GPA in those courses. For further information, consult the Phi Alpha Theta faculty adviser, Dr. Jane Vieth (vieth@msu.edu).