History Minor

Description. The Department of History offers students the opportunity to earn a minor in History by completing 18 credits (six courses) in the department. The first 6 credits form the core of the minor and encompass the general education requirements in history. After completing the core courses, students are invited to select from the electives offered by the Department of History to complete the minor. At least one elective must be at the 300-level to earn a History minor.

Rationale. The study of history supports the analytical skills desired by many graduate programs, including law schools, by teaching students to evaluate evidence, and present and defend arguments about historical change based on evidence. It also provides students with important information about the world in which they live, the process of social change and the factors affecting it, and the creation and evolution of cultural institutions. Students with a strong historical background will be well equipped to work in public institutions because they will have a coherent understanding of the purpose and limitations of public systems. They also will be excellent employees in private institutions because they will understand and be able to support the social and economic purposes of private industry. Finally, students who have studied history make more conscious and active citizens, because they are aware of the role of race and class in America. They are cognizant of the rich history of America's political institutions and their civic responsibilities to use, protect, and maintain their political and legal rights.

Minor coordinator. Professor Andrea Balis, Department of History (212.237.8132, abalis@jjay.cuny.edu)

Requirements. A maximum of two courses can overlap with a student's major, other minor or program.

Additional Information. Students who enrolled for the first time at the College in September 2009 or thereafter must complete the minor in the form presented here. Students who enrolled prior to that date may choose the form shown here or the earlier version of the minor. A copy of the earlier version may be obtained in the 2008-2009 Undergraduate Bulletin, available at http://johnjay.jjay.cuny.edu/bulletins/undergraduatebulletin20082009.pdf.

PART ONE. SURVEY COURSES                 Subtotal: 6 credits
Select two     

HIS 203 The Ancient World
HIS 204 The Medieval World
HIS 205 The Modern World
Please note: Students who have completed HIS 231 MUST take HIS 205.

PART TWO. ELECTIVES                             Subtotal: 12 credits

(SELECT ANY FOUR HISTORY COURSES) 
    

Electives with appeal for students interested in attending law school

HIS 201 American History: From Colonial Times through the Civil War
HIS 202 American Civilization: 1865 to the Present 
HIS 277 American Legal History
HIS 320 Topics in the History of Crime and Punishment in the United States
HIS 323 The History of Lynching and Collective Violence
HIS 352 History and Justice in the Wider World
HIS 354 Law and Society in Ancient Athens and Rome
HIS 359 History of Islamic Law

Electives with appeal for students interested in government and political science 

HIS 201 American Civilization: From Colonial Times through the Civil War 
HIS 202 American Civilization: 1865 to the Present 
HIS 219 Violence and Social Change in America
HIS 252 Warfare in the Ancient Near East and Egypt
HIS 254 History of Ancient Greece and Rome
HIS 256 The History of Muslim Societies and Communities 
HIS 264 China to 1650
HIS 274 China: 1650 – Present
HIS 282 Selected Topics in History
HIS 340 Modern Military History from Eighteenth Century to the Present
HIS 356/GEN 356 Sexuality, Gender and Culture in Muslim Societies
HIS 370 Ancient Egypt


Electives with appeal for students interested in criminal justice 

HIS 219 Violence and Social Change in America 
HIS 224 History of Crime in New York City 
HIS 277 American Legal History
HIS 320 Topics in the History of Crime and Punishment in the United States 
HIS 323 The History of Lynching and Collective Violence
HIS 325 Criminal Justice in European Society, 1750-Present
HIS 352 History and Justice in the Wider World
HIS 354 Law and Society in Ancient Athens and Rome
HIS 359 History of Islamic Law

Electives with appeal for students interested in social and cultural history 

HIS 131 Topics in the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine
HIS 214 Immigration and Ethnicity in the United States 
HIS 219 Violence and Social Change in America 
HIS 265/LLS 265 Class, Race and Family in Latin American History
HIS 270 Marriage in Medieval Europe
HIS 282 Selected Topics in History
HIS 352 History and Justice in the Wider World
HIS 359 History of Islamic Law
HIS 364/GEN 364 History of Gender and Sexuality: Prehistory – 1650 
HIS 381 Social History of Catholicism in the Modern World

Electives with appeal for students interested in global history 

HIS 208 Exploring Global History
HIS 252 Warfare in the Ancient Near East and Egypt
HIS 254 History of Ancient Greece and Rome
HIS 260/LLS 260 History of Contemporary Cuba
HIS 264 China to 1650
HIS 265/LLS 265 Class, Race and Family in Latin American History
HIS 270 Marriage in Medieval Europe
HIS 274 China: 1650 – Present
HIS 282 Selected Topics in History
HIS 325 Criminal Justice in European Society, 1750-Present
HIS 352 History and Justice in the Wider World
HIS 354 Law and Society in Ancient Athens and Rome
HIS 356/GEN 356 Sexuality, Gender and Culture in Muslim Societies
HIS 359 History of Islamic Law

HIS 362 History of Science and Medicine: Prehistory – 1650  
HIS 364/GEN 364 History of Gender and Sexuality: Prehistory – 1650 
HIS 366 Religions of the Ancient World
HIS 370 Ancient Egypt
HIS 381 Social History of Catholicism in the Modern World 
HIS 383 History of Terrorism
HIS 3XX History of the Africana Diaspora I: To 1808
HIS 3XX History of the Africana Diaspora II: Since 1808

Electives with appeal for students interested in New York City history 

HIS 214 Immigration and Ethnicity in the United States 
HIS 217 History of New York City 
HIS 224 A History of Crime in New York City

*See the current course schedule for a full listing of History courses.

Total: 18 credits