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Department of History

History Minor


Battle of the Chesepeake, 1781. V. Zveg, 1962

Battle of the Chesapeake, 1781. V. Zveg, 1962. The Hampton Roads Naval Museum, Norfolk, VA.

History Minor Check List

  • Have you completed a minimum of 24 history course units?
  • Have you completed HIST 100 and HIST 300?
  • Have you completed six elective courses (at least three upper-division, 2 in different geographic categories, and one pre-modern)?
  • Have you received at least a “C” in each course?

  • Have you petitioned to get credit in your major for transfer credits?
  • Have you taken GenEd/UCore courses that ALSO fulfill major requirements?

Transfer Courses

  • If you are a transfer student, make sure you discuss your "Transfer Evaluation" with your advisor. Are there areas that are unclear to you?
  • Courses that transferred to Towson simply as credits—without being recognized as specific courses—can be re-evaluated, if you believe that they should count toward your Gen Eds or toward your major requirements.

Selecting Courses

  • Know how to use your "Degree Progress Report" to understand your progress toward satisfying graduation requirements. Your Degree Progress Report can be found through PeopleSoft.
  • Know your  Catalog Year. Each year Towson University updates its catalog with new requirements for graduation. The requirements that you need to fulfill are determined by the year in which you were admitted to the university - your Catalog Year.

    For example: if your first semester was Fall 2011, then your catalog year will be 2011/12 for ten years.” Your catalog year is printed at the beginning of your "Degree Progress Report" and at the end of your unofficial transcript.

  • Before you register for classes each semester you will need to meet with your academic advisor so that he or she can remove the academic advising hold on your account. If you do not make an appointment or do not show up at the scheduled time, your advisor cannot promise to fit you in before your assigned registration date. This could make it difficult for you to get your top choices of courses for the following semester.
  • Courses that are scheduled for the summer and the January minimester are canceled if they do not reach a certain minimum enrollment. Be sure to have a backup plan in place in case a course that you want to take is canceled.

Financial Aid

  • If you receive financial aid, you need to make sure that you are meeting the "Satisfactory Academic Progress" standards (SAP). It is your responsibility as a recipient of financial aid to understand the policies:
  • Minimum Grade Point Average – determined by the number of units of coursework attempted. This is similar to the University’s Grade Point Average standard, but not identical in all cases.
  • Minimum Course Completion Rate – at least 67% of the units of coursework attempted in an academic year must be successfully completed. Under the SAP policy, the following grades are considered "unsuccessful": F, FX, U, and W (Withdraw).
  • Maximum Number of Units Attempted – generally 150 units of coursework is the limit, although students may appeal for additional units to be covered by financial aid depending upon their degree program and individual circumstances.

Career Planning

  • Programs that are based in other departments can benefit history minors who have specific career plans, and we encourage students to meet with the heads of those programs, if they are interested. For example, Dr. Jack Fruchtman, in the Department of Political Science, is in charge of the pre-law program, and Dr. Nancy Siegel, in the Department of Art History, is in charge of the museum studies minor.
  • Be sure to talk to your advisor about your career goals so that you can be sure your academic program will prepare you for your chosen profession.
  • Ask your advisor about internships, scholarships, and the Career Center.

Department of History
Liberal Arts Building, Room 4210 F (map)
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Phone: 410-704-2923
Fax: 410-704-5595





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