The undergraduate minor in history provides students with a rich and thorough complement to their major field of study by requiring a sustained focus of 18 to 21 credits in United States or Global History, assists in developing their academic and professional skills, and provides opportunities to participate in responsible citizenship and democratic engagement. The program emphasizes the development of skills that are essential for success in the workplace and the students' chosen careers.

The curriculum is designed to help students build their skills in critical thinking, oral and written communication, and research and information retrieval. Students completing the undergraduate minor in history will have developed the ability to think clearly and critically and to assess and analyze complex issues and arguments-skills that can be applied to many different occupations, including government work, non-profit work, public policy work, and work in cultural and social service organizations. Some history minors majoring in secondary education later obtain teacher certification and become history teachers.