Choosing a Minor

Why minor?

Although a minor is not required, many students like to include one or more minors in their degree program by using credits that would otherwise count simply as general electives. Most minors require 15-18 credits of coursework. Strategies for choosing a minor is a great subject to discuss with your academic advisor. Minors can be used to create balance in your degree by building knowledge and skills that are quite different than the ones you develop in your major; or they can be used to broaden and deepen your major by developing knowledge and skills in a closely related field. Both of these approaches expand your mind and are useful for your career!

Your history major can be paired with any minor at the university. See the full list of minors offered by our college (CHSS) at To browse the complete list of minors offered by all colleges at Mason, see

"Double-dipping" with a minor

In some cases, minors use courses from not just one discipline (such as history or art history) but from several. These interdisciplinary minors are not only inherently interesting but could provide a chance to fulfill some of the credits for the minor with courses that also fulfill some of your major requirements - in other words, they "double-dip" between the two programs, usually for a maximum of two or three courses. If you go this route, you will want to work closely with your academic advisor for your major and the advisor for the minor to make sure you know exactly how many courses can double dip. These minors (listed below) are well worth exploring and often especially interesting to our majors.