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History Minor

Minor in History

If you love history, a minor is a great complement to other fields of study. The University of Central Missouri’s History program provides a rich curriculum, across peoples and cultures, addressing the causes and effects of our shared past. Take courses that cover a range of eras, from antiquity to the modern and contemporary periods.

Why should you minor in History?

A minor in History is a great choice for undergraduate students who are majoring in another discipline but want to expand their cultural literacy and deepen their understanding of the past, as well as the world in which we live today.

History minor online program

UCM’s History program offers online classes that allow you to enroll part time or full time starting in the fall, spring or summer. Your History minor can be completed by taking all of your courses online or on campus in Warrensburg.

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Dr. Joshua Nygren
Associate Professor and Program Coordinator
Wood 136G
Warrensburg, MO
Tel: 660-543-8738

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Department of History

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Convenience of a fully online program

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Complements many bachelor’s degrees

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Lower- and upper-level history courses

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Marketable and transferable skills

What you will study

Undergraduate students who choose to minor in History take a combination of lower-level courses in American and World History and upper-level courses of their choice. The upper-level courses delve deeply into topics such as the Renaissance or Reformation, the American or French Revolution, Japanese history, public history and the U.S. Civil War. 

Other exciting History minor courses include:

  • Missouri History: Study the history of our state, from the earliest times to the present.
  • African American History: Gain an understanding of the economic, political and social developments of Black Americans in the United States.
  • History of Flight: Explore the history of flight, from the 18th century to the present, with special topics in basic biological and physical mechanics of flight.
  • Hidden Histories: Take a creative and topical approach to history with this course that focuses on rotating topics. Past course themes include African American history in films as well as sports history.

Learn from UCM’s expert faculty who teach and conduct research in regions and countries across the globe.


Unique learning opportunities in history

The University of Central Missouri’s minor in History program provides you with multi-faceted academic and real-world opportunities to enhance your in-person or virtual classroom learning:

  • Faculty-guided historic tours: Benefiting from UCM’s convenient location, History minors have a variety of opportunities to join faculty on field trips to nearby historical institutions. Visit the National World War I Museum, the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum, the Johnson County Historical Society and more.
  • Study abroad: Experience history where it happened. With more than 60 countries to choose from, including Peru, Jamaica, New Zealand, Cuba, Jordan and Sweden, UCM’s study abroad program provides an experience you’ll always remember. 
  • Digital technologies: An important part of history is documenting the past to make it accessible for the future. As a History minor at UCM, you’ll create websites, write entries for mobile apps, create virtual reality simulations and more for direct experience using 21st-century technologies while preserving historical records and artifacts.


What can you do with a minor in History from UCM?

Students who minor in History build key skill sets and perspectives that prepare them for successful careers in any field they choose. If you’re studying computer science, for example, a minor in History provides a rich context to understand the evolution of human technologies. If you’re studying elementary education, a minor in History can provide inspiration for how to best approach the teaching of the past to younger generations. 

Undergraduate students who minor in History also go on to pursue a variety of career paths in law, journalism, nonprofits, state and federal government and business.

Explore fulfilling careers with a History minor

UCM graduates with a minor in History enjoy competitive salaries, job growth and options for rewarding and in-demand careers. Use the interactive tool below to discover the possibilities.




Financial assistance options for your History minor

The University of Central Missouri offers affordability, value and a 21st-century college education that prepares you for today’s competitive job market. LendEDU has recognized UCM for its low student debt, and we provide a variety of resources to help you finance your college education.

You may also qualify for program scholarships through the History program or your major area of study. You can learn more about program-specific scholarships at the UCM Scholarship Finder.


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