Interdisciplinary Minors of Interest to History Majors

History students may want to consider an interdisciplinary minor, which takes advantage of the wide variety of courses available in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Students should design these minor programs carefully and be sure to meet with an advisor. Many interdisciplinary minors include courses taught by the History faculty.

African and African American Studies

In the minor students will examine the cultural, historical, economic, and political dimensions and experiences of people of African descent in America, the Caribbean, Africa, and throughout the Diaspora. Students will learn theories and methodologies that are used to examine the complex dynamics of race, class, gender, and ethnicity in America.

HIST courses offered: HIST 261, 262, 335, 336

For more information, contact Mark C. Hopson, Enterprise Hall 332, 703.993.4414,

Ancient Mediterranean Art and Archaeology

This interdisciplinary minor is for students with diverse interests in the material culture of the ancient world. Course work combines the study of archeology, literature, art, history, philosophy, myth, and religion. The scope of the minor is not limited to Greece and Rome, but touches on all the ancient civilizations of the Mediterranean and the heirs of late antiquity such as Byzantium and early Islam.

HIST courses offered: HIST 301, 302

For more information, contact Jacquelyn Williamson,

Robinson Hall B 348, 703.993.1250,

Arabic Studies

The minor has an emphasis on developing strong language skills: oral communication and the reading of texts. Students are also introduced to important works of Arabic literature and culture.

HIST courses offered: HIST 461, 462, 465

For more information, contact Nathaniel Greenberg, 703-993-1825,

Asia-Pacific and Northeast Asian Studies

Designed for students whose interests focus on the humanities and social sciences and Asia’s role in global systems and the cultural mosaic of human experience.

HIST courses offered: HIST 251, 252, 353, 354, 356, 357

For more information, contact Byunghwan Son at

Chinese Studies

The minor in Chinese offers students the opportunity to study one of the rapidly developing ancient cultures of the world. The emphasis is on developing strong language skills: oral communication and the reading of texts.

HIST courses offered: HIST 353, 354, 358

For more information, contact

Classical Studies

The minor in Classical studies is designed for students who wish to become familiar with Classical cultures. They can also broaden their knowledge of the foundations of Western civilization.

The requirements of the minor provide flexibility so that students can choose courses relevant to their primary interests.

HIST courses offered: HIST 301, 302, 388, 480

For more information, contact Martin Winkler, 703-993-1220,

Islamic Studies

Designed for students interested in the societies, cultures, history, and politics of the Islamic world. It offers students the opportunity to study the many societies that have significant Muslim populations. These societies are not just in the Middle East. They stretch from North Africa to Southeast Asia and beyond. They include Europe as well as North America.

HIST courses offered: HIST 281, 282, 460, 462, 465

For more information, contact Maria Dakake, 703-993-3582,

Italian Studies

The minor enables students to advance their Italian language skills and to study Italian culture, history, and literature from an interdisciplinary perspective.

HIST courses offered: HIST 304, 305, 308

For more information contact Kristina Marie Olson, 703-993-1220,

Japanese Studies

Enables students to advance their Japanese language skills and develop a sound understanding of Japanese culture and history from a global perspective. Students may focus their course work on language or on history and culture.

HIST courses offered: HIST 251, 252, 356, 357

For more information, contact Manako Fujiwara, 703.993.1220,

Judaic Studies

The minor in Judaic studies is designed for students interested in the culture, history, and politics of Jewish communities across the world. It recognizes that Jews form a global community, and, thus, provides a global approach rather than a regional framework for exploring Judaism. This innovative approach encourages students to explore the historical role and contributions of Judaism beyond the Middle East and to appreciate the experiences that connect Jewish communities historically and in the present. 

HIST courses offered: HIST 465

For more information, contact Randy Rashkover, Robinson Hall B 447, 703.993.2778.

Korean Studies

The minor in Korean studies focuses on the acquisition of Korean linguistic and cultural knowledge from various language and interdisciplinary courses.

HIST courses offered: HIST 251, 252.

For more information, contact

Latin American Studies

Latin American Studies focuses on the diverse and connected regions, societies, and cultures of Latin America. Students find that combining this minor with a major in another discipline is particularly attractive to employers. 

HIST courses offered: HIST 271, 272, and as appropriate.

For more information, contact

Middle East Studies

Provides undergraduates a strong grounding in the region, its history, and its international relations. This program provides an excellent foundation for graduate work in the field or for national and international careers involving the Middle East.

HIST courses offered: HIST 281, 282, 387, 460, 461, 462, 465

For more information, contact Bassam Haddad, Research Hall 347, 703.993.2962,

Native American and Indigenous Studies

Committed to understanding both the unity and the diversity of present and past Native American tribes, cultures, and experiences. Will help students think critically and respectfully about the complex dynamics of Native American cultures, considered both individually and comparatively.

HIST courses offered: HIST 391, 401, 403, 404

For more information, contact Erik Anderson, Robinson Hall A, Room 477 D,

Sport and American Culture

Provides students with the opportunity to study the meaning of sport in American society and culture. Through courses in the minor, students trace the history of sport in America and examine the role of sport in today’s society.

HIST courses offered: HIST 337, 338, 339, 340, 341

For more information, contact Chris Elzey, 703-993-1250,

Women and Gender Studies

The minor is for students who are interested in gender, sexuality, and feminist perspectives.

Those who wish to focus on LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer issues) issues, take an introductory course focused on these issues and two electives that incorporate more specifically such perspectives.

HIST courses offered include: HIST 350

For more information, contact Nancy Xiong,
240K Johnson Center, 703-993-5458,

Other Minors of Interest

Art History

Art History, a liberal arts discipline, emphasizes the study of visual data in historical context and covers a broad spectrum of periods, cultures, and themes. This minor will enhance any major in arts and sciences, management, art studio, or information technology. Students find careers in art conservation, art and public policy, art administration or sales, and in design by making creative use of the art history minor. NOTE: History majors are permitted to use 3 credits of 300-level art history coursework toward the major.

For more information, contact Angela Ho, Robinson Hall B 334,