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Minor in History

Students must declare the minor in History no later than Autumn Quarter of the senior year via Axess. Minor declarations are approved by the Department of History and confirmation is sent via email to the student.

Candidates for the minor in History must complete six courses, at least three of which must have a field or thematic focus. Students completing the minor may choose to concentrate in such fields as African, American, Asian, British, European (medieval, early modern, or modern), Russian and East European history, comparative empires and cultures, or such thematic topics as the history of gender, the family, religion, technology, or revolution. Students may also petition to have a concentration of their own design count toward the minor.


All six courses must be of at least 3 units each and must be taken for a letter grade. The student must maintain a grade point average (GPA) in History courses of 2.0 (C) or higher. Two of the six courses must be small-group in format (Stanford Introductory Seminars, Sources and Methods Seminars, departmental colloquia, and research seminars). History courses taken at Stanford overseas campuses may count toward the minor, but at least three of the six courses must be taken from Stanford History faculty.

Advanced Placement credits do not fulfill any minor requirements.

Optional Courses for the Minor—History courses taken at non-Stanford Study Abroad programs may count toward the minor (provided the History Department approves them), but at least three of the six courses must be taken from Stanford History faculty. One course from certain Introduction to the Humanities courses (IHUM 69A,B; and 74A,B) may count toward the six-course requirement, but not for the three-course field of concentration. One Directed Research (299S) course may count toward the minor, if taken for 3-5 units and for a letter grade. A maximum of three transfer courses may be used toward the minor.

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