Minors & Certificates


What is History?

Students in history study and analyze human experiences of the past. By doing so, they become better able to understand other societies in addition to their own. Students develop strong critical thinking, reading and writing skills as they master research methods and historiography.

Students must possess the ability to learn how to analyze primary sources and historical facts, to participate in informed discussion of conflicting historical perspectives and to appreciate the diversity of human experience over space and time. In addition, history students must be committed to developing skills in critical thinking, research methods and the integration of that knowledge in writing and oral communication.

Career Possibilities

In addition to being well-prepared for graduate, law or medical school, graduates of the history program pursue careers as:

  • Archivists
  • Academic advisors
  • Librarians
  • Educators
  • Diplomats
  • Filmmakers
  • Museologists



The Director of Undergraduate Studies, Jacob Melish, heads undergraduate advising. History majors should meet with Professor Kline to discuss their coursework and academic progress.


Jacob Melish


353A McMicken



Wendy Kline


360C McMicken


UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

Students in the UC McMicken College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) enjoy many benefits afforded through study at a research-intensive institution ranked among the nation's top 25 public research universities. UC's urban, Tristate location offers exciting opportunities for global education, research and service learning, while its student-centered focus includes an 11:1 student-faculty ratio, a nationally recognized Center for Exploratory Studies and a highly successful First Year Experience program that teaches critical skills for first-year students and provides connections with important campus resources.

Admission Requirements

Students already pursuing a degree in any college at UC can add the minor to their program. Be sure to submit a declaration of the minor using our online form.


In addition, you must meet with the program director so that the department is aware that you are pursuing the minor and can advise you appropriately. Do this early enough to avoid delay in obtaining your minor.

Graduation Requirements

If you have declared the minor, then it will appear on your application for graduation. Apply for graduation as you normally would for your bachelor’s degree.


The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Quick Facts

Completion of Academic Minor Degree in History

Full-Time Program Duration

1.5 Years


Uptown Campus West


360 McMicken Hall
PO Box 210373
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0373
Phone: 513-556-2144