To discuss and to ask any questions about the minor, please contact Bill North, Minor Coordinator.


Historical knowledge and analysis play a central role in the humanities and social sciences. The skills in research and the evaluation of diverse forms of evidence can be transferred to many other disciplines across the College as well as careers. The global interests of the department’s faculty also means that History is a very good place to develop an interest in a specific region of the world or time-period. The History minor requirements offer students a clear, flexible yet structured exposure to the discipline that provides a valuable complement to their other program/s.

Students must complete a total of 36 credits including:

  • 30 elective credits to be drawn from at least two of our eight existing History fields:
    • United States
    • Ancient and Medieval
    • Early Modern and Modern Europe
    • Asia-South, East, and Central (Middle East)
    • Africa and Its Diaspora
    • Latin America
    • The Atlantic World
    • Environment and Health
      • Course must be drawn from both the modern and pre-modern eras
      • At least 6 credits must be a Carleton History department 300-level seminar. Note: a 300-level independent study does not fulfill the 300-level seminar requirement.
      • A maximum of two courses from outside the History department or from Carleton or non-Carleton OCS programs may count towards the minor, subject to departmental approval.
  • HIST 298: Junior Colloquium (6 credits), to gain an understanding of historical methods and broader developments in the History field.


The progress to completion of a minor will be tracked by the Chair or History department adviser with the assistance of the Administrative Assistant for History, all of whom will serve as resources for minors should they require more specific guidance.