History: The Perfect Minor!

A Minor in History is the perfect complement to any major. Studying History gives you a broader perspective on the global context within which we all live and work, helps you develop the skills in problem solving and communication that you will need to succeed in today's (and tomorrow's) careers, and helps you put your life -- and those of others -- in historical context.

Students in WIU's International Relations, International Business, and International Agriculture majors and WIU's forthcoming International Studies major, among many others, will find Western's new Modern Global History minor to be a superb complement to their majors.

Students enrolled in WIU's Recretation, Park, and Tourism Administration find that a History minor is the perfect complement to their degree, as it provides them with the historical context for many of the careers open to them.

Students with majors in English Literature, French, or Spanish will find a wide array of History courses providing the historical context for their literary studies and will find a minor in History to be the perfect complement to their literary and linguistic studies.

Students majoring in Anthropology, Sociology, and other social science fields can construct a History minor that provides useful additional background for better understanding the historical development of the societies and cultures studied in their major.


For our History Minors:

Our History Department, with 16 award-winning faculty members who are both outstanding teachers and noted scholars in their fields, offers the opportunity to experience the full range of historical study, from the ancient to the modern world, on all continents. History minors are eligible to participate in Undergraduate Research projects, working individually with History faculty members. They are also active in both of our student organizations, the Associated Students of History (open to all with an interest in History) and Phi Alpha Theta (the History honorary society which welcomes minors, as well as majors).

What is a History Minor?

History minors take 18 hours of History courses (6 courses), including any three of our survey courses (in US History and Western Civilization, two of which can also count as General Education Humanities courses). The other three courses may be chosen from any of our wide array of undergraduate courses in all areas of History (at least two courses must be at the upper-division level). From ancient Rome to modern Japan, from medieval England to post-colonial Latin America, from Revolutionary America to the modern Middle East -- you can travel the world and travel back through time, all without leaving WIU! Choose the upper-division courses that most appropriately suit your major, or indulge your innate fascination with the origins and development of the world in which we live.

The Contemporary United States Studies Minor

Do you want to know more about America? Western's innovative and unique Contemporary United States Studies Minor is the perfect program for students interested in learning more about the United States from a multidisciplinary perspective.  The minor includes coursework in History, Political Science, African American Studies, Sociology, English, Music, Religious Studies, and Women's Studies. 

How do I minor in History?

Our Department's Undergraduate Advisor , Ralph Heissinger , is eager to answer any questions you may have about our minor. He can help you work out a History minor that perfectly complements your major, whatever it may be.

For information on our History courses, see the History Department's Undergraduate Courses web page.