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Curriculum Information Guide

History Minor

Dr. Stephen Patnode, Coordinator
History, Politics, and Geography Dept.
School of Arts & Sciences


The History minor is designed for students who are interested in deepening their knowledge of American, Western, and World History in order to support their long-term career goals. Selection of courses will depend on the interest of the student. Students seeking to gain an M.A. in Education will be particularly well-served by this minor program, as will students interested in pursuing post-baccalaureate degrees in Law, History, or Government/International Relations. The history minor consists of 18 hours of history courses with no more than 2 courses at the 100 level and at least 2 courses must be 300 level or above.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will demonstrate basic knowledge of important historical events in a particular historical era and geographical area within a broader global context.
  • Students will demonstrate awareness of historiography and historical interpretive differences.
  • Students will explore and employ proper historical research techniques with both documentary and digital resources in completing historical research.
  • Students will be able to evaluate and interpret primary and secondary historical sources and use these properly in writing about history.
  • Students will construct cogent historical arguments and convey them clearly in written form and oral presentations.

About Academic Minors

Farmingdale State College students are invited to enhance their studies with an "Academic Minor." A minor is a cluster of thematically related courses drawn from one or more departments. In addition to department based minors (e.g. computer programming & info systems), interdisciplinary minors are also available (e.g. legal studies).

Academic minors are approved by the College-Wide Curriculum Committee and the Provost. Students must make application for an academic minor through the department offering the minor in conjunction with the Registrar's Office Specific course work must be determined in consultation with a faculty member in the department offering the minor. A statement of successful completion of the academic minor will appear on the student's transcript at the time of graduation.

  • A minor is considered to be an optional supplement to a student's major program of study.
  • Completion of a minor is not a graduation requirement and is subject to the availability of the courses selected. However, if the requirements for a minor are not completed prior to certification of graduation in the major, it will be assumed that the minor has been dropped. Consequently, the student will only be certified for graduation in their primary major.
  • Only students in 4 year baccalaureate programs can apply for a minor.
  • A minor should consist of 15 to 21 credits.
  • At least 12 credits must be in courses at the 200 level or higher.
  • At least 9 credits must be residency credits.
  • Specific requirements for each minor are determined by the department granting the minor. 
  • Students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 in their minor.  Some minors may require a higher GPA.
  • Students are prohibited from declaring a minor in the same discipline as their major (e.g. one cannot combine an applied math minor with an applied math major). Academic minors may not apply to all curricula.
  • Students are permitted to double-count courses.
  • Students are only permitted to take more than one minor with appropriate written approval of their department chair or curriculum Dean.
Fall 2019 - Subject to Revision


18 credits of History (HIS) courses; no more than 6 credits (2 courses) at the 100-level; at least 6 credits (2 courses) at the 300 level; at least 9 credits (3 courses) must be taken at Farmingdale.

In consultation with their advisor, students may apply up to-but no more than- 2 of the following courses to the History minor:

ANT 120 Archaeology 3
ANT 130 North American Indians 3
ANT 210 Modern Anthropology and Globalization 3
ARC 362 History Western Architecture 3
ART 123 Art History 3
ART 201 Survey of Art History: Prehistoric Times through The Middle Ages 3
ART 202 Survey of Art History: Early Renaissance to the Present 3
AVN 101 Aviation Industry: A History Perspective 3
AVN 401 Aviation Economics 3
BUS 350 American Business History 3
CRJ 100 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
ECO 320 Internet and Network Economics 3
ECO 330 Modern Economic Thought 3
HIS 305 Culture and Technology in England 3
MLG 304 French Culture and Civilization 3
MLG 305 Hispanic and Latin American Culture and Civilization 3
MLG 306 Italian Culture and Civilization 3
MLG 308 Arabic Culture and Civilization 3
MLG 315 Art, Culture and Civilization of Spain 3
MTH 315 History of Mathematics (Writing Intensive) 3
MUS 108 Survey of Western Music 3
PHY 119 Physical Science: Technology 3
POL 263 American Foreign Relations 3
POL 267 Politics of the Muslim World 3
RAM 303 Research Experience 3
SOC 200 Introduction to Women's Studies 3
SOC 245 Technology, Society and Social Change 3
SOC 305 Culture and Technology 3
SOC 320 America: Dream and Reality 3
STS 400W Senior Seminar in Science, Technology and Society (Writing Intensive) 3

Admission to Farmingdale State College - State University of New York is based on the qualifications of the applicant without regard to age, sex, marital or military status, race, color, creed, religion, national origin, disability or sexual orientation.