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The History Minor

A minor in history consists of 15 credits minimum, at least 12 of which must be at the 3000- or 4000-level with grades of C or better in each course.  Individual study and the S-U option are not acceptable.  Courses used to meet the requirements of another major or minor may not be used toward the minor in history.  Transfer students who minor in history must take at least nine hours of history at UF.

Plan of Study

Students entering UF with AP or IB credits may have already taken all the lower-division courses that will count toward the major (AMH 0301 and EUH 0301 do not count toward the major or the minor).  While only 9 hours below the 3000 level count toward the major, some students find it useful nevertheless to complete a survey (2000-level) course before going on to more advanced work.  AP and IB courses taken in high school offer excellent preparation for college, but they are not a substitute for college history courses, which expose students to a variety of perspectives and ways of thinking and demand well-developed writing skills.  History majors should therefore try to maximize the number of upper-division history courses they take while enrolled at UF.

Students should balance their general and specialized courses.  Being broadly trained (in terms of chronology, geography, and methodology) will benefit students who intend to teach history, work in history-related fields, or go on to professional school in other disciplines.  But students who plan to pursue an advanced degree in history may want to consider pursuing a geographical, chronological, or thematic concentration (e.g. African history, colonial American history, or gender), which they may plan in consultation with a departmental adviser (please see “Preparing for Graduate School in History” below).

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