A history minor is an excellent way to explore your interest in history while building essential skills and broad perspectives, as well as becoming a proactive and engaged national and global citizen. Students of history gain valuable research abilities in locating, organizing, and interpreting sources in rigorous and compelling ways, and they are exposed to a variety of challenges that require excellent problem solving and critical thinking skills. Further, thinking about history fosters a strong awareness of the importance of culture and the understanding of how cultural differences influence how people act, perceive, and portray the world around them.

History minors take a minimum of six history courses, totaling 18 credits. This includes four upper-level courses, which can be taken through the UMass history program, or from the history programs at Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, or Smith Colleges.