Why study 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.

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.

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.

We emphasize the importance of these skills because History, like other departments in the Arts & Sciences, focuses on helping students develop valuable transferable skills that will make you highly adaptable in a rapidly changing global economy, and make you an astute participant in politics and society. In addition, you will have the wisdom that comes with learning how we got to this moment in history so that you are better prepared to interpret the extraordinary complexity of the present and future. Some of these transferable skills include the ability to:

  • Organize and manage diverse and complex information
  • Express strong and persuasive evidence-based arguments in writing and speech
  • Build unparalleled research skills through deep and broad inquiry
  • Explore the complexity of the human experience across time and space
  • Use the lessons of the past to understand the present

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

Students can direct questions to the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Prof. Erika Gasser, and History majors and minors should plan to meet with Dr. Karr for advising heads undergraduate advising about coursework and academic progress.

Prof. Erika Gasser
320E Arts & Sciences Hall

Dr. Susan Longfield Karr
53A Arts & Sciences Hall

Students in the UC 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.

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.

Contact Information

Erika Gasser
360 Arts & Sciences Hall
PO Box 210373
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0373
(513) 556-2144

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Program Code: 15MIN-HIST-MIN