This minor emphasizes the power of studying the past. Courses chronicle the social, political, economic, and cultural trends that have shaped human society. Among the themes covered are the construction of historical accounts, the role of culture and memory as historical evidence, and the value of history in communication and arts careers and everyday life. Students are encouraged to critically engage with a wide range of primary and secondary sources, and will have the opportunity to examine how the documenting and “telling” of history largely affects what is presented as socially, culturally, and politically possible.
A minimum of four courses, 16 credits, is required for the minor, at least two of which must be taken at Emerson. Students select courses from the list below and must complete at least one HI course at the 300 or 400 level. Students may choose up to one course that does not have a History (HI) designation. Students wishing to focus in either World History or US History are advised to take two or more courses in those areas.