History students

Undergraduate Minor in

Program Summary

Study past events and interpret historical documents to provide context for developing solutions to present-day problems. This program can help students develop skills that can enhance a wide range of majors.
Costs and Financial Aid

18 Credits $620/$664 per credit

Costs and Financial Aid 

History is the study of the past through the interpretation and analysis of written documents. Knowledge of the vast range of human accomplishments, capabilities, and events helps students better situate themselves and provide an educated response to the vast social, political, and cultural changes and movements at work in the modern world. At the same time, the practice of history develops valuable skills, such as critical reading and thinking, applied research and information gathering, and professional writing and the effective communication of ideas, all of which are vital assets for virtually any major field. Adding a history minor to your undergraduate degree is an excellent way to expand your skill set, regardless of your career aspirations, while complementing your main course of study.

Penn State’s history minor currently provides a wide range of instruction on topics such as early American history, including the American Revolution and the Civil War, as well as more focused courses on 19th century Europe, World War II, and the modern United States.

In collaboration with the College of the Liberal Arts, this minor is open to all interested undergraduate Penn State World Campus students who meet the prerequisites.

In this program, you will have the opportunity to study with highly regarded faculty from Penn State's College of the Liberal Arts, one of the premier institutions in the world to study and work in the liberal arts disciplines.