General History Minor

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General History

Minor

Cadets in the general history minor will gain a deeper understanding of specific periods, regions, and of the processes and dynamics of change as they prepare to enter a changing army, operating in a complex and evolving geopolitical environment. This minor consists of five optional courses selected from the entire selection of 47 history electives. This minor pairs well with humanities majors.

Offered by the Department of History.

The general history minor allows cadets to gain a deeper understanding of the historical events that have shaped the geopolitical environment in which the Army operates. The minor is designed to be flexible, allowing cadets to choose from among 47 different history electives.

The general history minor (GHM0N) allows cadets to gain a deeper understanding of specific periods, regions, or themes, and of the processes and dynamics of change as they prepare to enter a changing army, operating in a complex and evolving geopolitical environment. GHM0N consists of 5 optional courses from the entire selection of 47 history electives.

If you like history, the general history minor is for you! This flexible minor allows you to customize your classes!

This minor pairs well with humanities majors.

To learn more about this area of study, visit the Department of History.

General History Minor Example One

Interested in modern Europe? Pick classes like these:

  • HI372 U.S. Foreign Relations since 1898
  • XH405 The Holocaust and its Legacy
  • HI343 Modern Germany
  • HI359 The Era of the Second World War
  • HI364 Modern Western Europe since 1789

General History Minor Example Two

Interested in Cold War politics? Try these:

  • HI397 Cold War America
  • HI367 Imperial Soviet Russia
  • HI368 Modern Central and E. Europe, 1896-1989
  • HI357 Decolonization and the Cold War
  • HI344 Modern Diplomacy

General History Minor Example Three

Love world history? Pick from a selection of classes to reflect your passions!

  • HI339 The Modern Middle East
  • HI463 Race, Ethnicity, and Nation
  • HI346 India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh
  • HI348 Modern Latin America
  • HI341 The Age of Exploration

Required Courses

  • Choose 5 History Electives

Sample Electives

  • HI301 HIST OF MILITARY ART TO 1900
  • HI355 WARFARE-AGE OF INDUSTRIALIZTN3
  • HI462 THE HISTORY OF INNOVATION
  • XH341 INTEL CYBER HISTORY
  • HI338 WARFARE IN AGE OF REVOLUTIONS
  • HI341 THE AGE OF EXPLORATION
  • HI344 MODERN DIPLOMACY
  • HI354 WORLD WAR I IN GLOBAL CONTEXT
  • HI357 DECOLONIZATION & THE COLD WAR 
  • HI358 POLICY, STRATEGY & GENERALSHIP 
  • HI359 ERA OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR 
  • HI370 ANCIENT & MEDIEVAL WARFARE 
  • HI376 EARLY MODERN WARFARE 
  • HI381 HISTORY OF IRREGULAR WARFARE 
  • HI383 MIDDLE EASTERN WARFARE 
  • HI385 WAR & ITS THEORISTS 
  • HI399 HISTORY STAFF RIDE 
  • HI410 VIOLENCE/SEX: CULTRL HIST WAR 
  • HI460 SENIOR FACULTY COURSE 
  • HI464 VISITING PROFESSOR ELECTIVE
  • XH405 THE HOLOCAUST AND ITS LEGACY 
  • XH415 GENOCIDE AND MASS ATROCITY

To learn more, view the full General History Minor Curriculum.

Cadets in the general history minor can apply to attend numerous domestic or international staff rides or a summer Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD) program, USMA-run academic enrichment experience. They may also publish their work in the West Point Undergraduate Historical Review and work with either of the Department’s academic centers (the Center for Oral History or the Center for Holocaust Studies).

To learn more about enrichment for this area of study, visit the Department of History, the Center for Oral History, the Digital History Center, or the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.