Minor in History

The Minor in History offers students the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the past and to broaden and sharpen their focus on the present. Students can apply skills they learn as part of this minor to any occupation that calls for independent judgment, clear reasoning, and an appreciation for the way the world works.

CourseTitleCredits
Required Courses
Four History courses — students should organize at least three of these courses around a regional or thematic concentration. Regional concentrations include History of the Americas; European History; Asian History; History of Warfare; Economic History; and others by arrangement. Examples of possible regional or thematic concentrations are illustrated below. Appropriate experimental or special topics courses can be used with the approval of the minor coordinator. 12
History of the Americas
Latin America (1800-present)
The Caribbean: Past, Present, Future
Colonial America (1400-1750)
The Revolutionary Generation in the United States (1750-1815)
Modern United States History (1920-present)
Constitutional History of the United States
Economic History of the United States
Work and the American Worker
History of American Technology
Serfs, Slaves and Sojourners: The Minority Experience in the United States
The American Religious Experience
20th Century U.S. Economic History
American Environmental History
The United States: From Nation to Empire (1865-1920)
U.S. Women's History
Immigration in U.S. History
Ten Ideas That Shook the World
History of American Sports
History of Boston
The Civil War
European History
History of Ireland: From St. Patrick to "The Troubles"
Arts and Society
War and Society
Through Children's Eyes: Crises of the Twentieth Century
The Medieval West
The Romantic Age
The Soviet Union and After
World War I
World War II
Europe Reborn: Cold War to European Union
History of Warfare
War and Society
Genocide in Modern History
The Revolutionary Generation in the United States (1750-1815)
The Civil War
World War I
World War II
The Vietnam War
Economic History
History of the World Economy
Economic History of the United States
Work and the American Worker
20th Century U.S. Economic History
Ten Ideas That Shook the World
Asian History
History of China: Before Confucius, After Mao (formerly HI 270)
History of Japan: Samurai and Salarymen (formerly HI 272)
Middle East: Islamic and Contemporary (formerly HI 284)
Modern East Asia
The Vietnam War
Additional thematic areas are available upon approval. Examples include “The Formation of the Atlantic World,” “Early Civilizations,” and “The Medieval and Early Modern World.”

Policies Related to Minors

  • Some major/minor combinations are prohibited. See the major/minor exclusions list for more information.
  • Courses taken to fulfill a minor can be applied as business-related electives, arts and sciences electives, unrestricted electives, the humanities/social science elective or the mathematics/natural sciences elective.
  • The electives guide defines all classes as either arts and sciences or business. Students are strongly encouraged to maintain an awareness of where courses taken for a minor apply to their degree requirements.
  • Courses fulfilling General Education requirements (except the humanities/social science elective and the math/natural science elective) may not be applied to a minor.
  • Courses used to fulfill the modern language requirement for BA students cannot be applied to a minor.
  • Courses fulfilling Business Core requirements may not be applied to a minor (except for the Business Studies Minor).  
  • A course taken under the Pass/Fail/D policy may be applied to the minor.
  • Major courses (including courses applied to the Liberal Studies Major or Business Studies Major) may not be applied to a minor.
  • Students may apply only one course (from sources such as transfer, IB or AP) not taken at Bentley or as part of a Bentley-approved study abroad program to the minor.
  • Students may only complete a maximum of two minors.
  • Students must achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in the minor.