Minor in History

Do you like history but do not plan on majoring in it? If so, why not minor in it?

If you are taking this class, you are already at least one-third of the way to a history minor. (That is, if you have already taken HIST 100 or 125. You have to take one of these two courses at some point in order to fulfill your Mason Core requirement in Western Civilization or World History.) All you need for a History minor is 12 more credits, or 4 more classes. Some of you may have taken an additional history course along the way, which means that you may already be halfway towards the History minor. You should check with the History Undergraduate Office to make sure you’re choosing the right courses, but the basic message is this: you’re probably much closer to getting the History minor than you might think.

Getting a minor is a good thing. It is good for your resume, mainly to show prospective employers that you have a breadth of interests and that you took your college education seriously enough to do the academic planning necessary to complete a minor. Plus, a minor gives purpose and direction to your elective courses, so that when you are taking elective credits as a junior and senior you are not just randomly selecting courses that happen to fit your schedule. If you like history at all, filling up some of those elective credits with history courses should be more rewarding and fun than simply choosing courses at random. And we offer around 30 different upper-level history classes every semester, on almost every conceivable topic, and at every time slot. Almost none of these classes have prerequisites, so you can take nearly any one you like, at any time. And our instructors are outstanding: the student evaluation scores for history classes at Mason are significantly higher than either the college or university average.

If you have questions about the minor, please contact the department’s Undergraduate Coordinator, Carrie Grabo (cgrabo1@gmu.edu), or our Undergraduate Director, Dr. Jennifer Ritterhouse (jritterh@gmu.edu). Signing up for a minor is easy. All you need to do is go to the History Undergraduate Office, in Robinson B361, and talk to Ms. Grabo or Dr. Ritterhouse. And signing up doesn’t obligate you to complete the minor, either: if you sign up for the minor but do not complete it, you can delete it at any time and the minor simply won’t appear on your diploma.

Welcome to “The Digital Past” (History 390, Section 002)

Currently, you are registered for History 390, Section 002. This course is an introduction to digital history or non-history majors. The work for the semester satisfies the General Education Information Technology requirements.

Our class will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3pm in L102 Exploratory Hall. This is an active learning classroom that will provide a significantly different learning environment than others on campus. The room is designed to support hands-on and collaborative work during class time, rather than traditional lectures. As a result, students will have to do a significant amount of preparation outside of class for our work to be successful. Additionally, group work will form a major element of our time together. To get a sense of the room, watch this short video.

Here is a link to our website for the course: <http://6floors.org/teaching/HIST390/fall2014/>. Please bookmark this address in your web browser. We will be using this site as our governing syllabus. We will not be using Blackboard.

Please carefully review the site and complete the background survey before our first class meeting on Tuesday, August 26, 2014.