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Minor degree

We are transitioning to a new minor, thus students choosing the minor after April 5, 2021 or matriculating beginning Fall 2021 will pursue the new requirements outlined immediately below. Students matriculating prior to April 5, 2021 must pursue the older requirements outlined further down. 

The minor, which requires 21 credits, is completed in the following manner:

Two Courses in any survey sequence at the 100 or 200 level  

Four Courses in one of the following Thematic clusters (minimum of two courses at the 300 level):

Arts, Ideas & Culture
Empires, Violence & Global Connections
Health, Science & Environmental Change
Law, Politics & Social Justice
Race, Religion, Gender & Sexualities 

One Course in any area at the 300 level or above

For a listing of which courses align with each Thematic cluster see  here .  For a complete listing of History courses see the  Undergraduate Bulletin .


History of Health, Science, and the Environment Minor Requirements

Completion of the minor requires 21 credits. At least nine of the 21 credits must be taken at Stony Brook, with three of the courses at the upper-division level. The specific distribution of the credits should be determined in consultation with the director of undergraduate studies. An example of an acceptable distribution would be the following:

  • Three Courses in the student's interest at the 100 or 200 level selected from the list below (9 credits). 
  • Four courses in the student's interest at the 300 or 400 level selected from the list below (12 credits) (Note: HIS 447, 487, 488, or 495-496 may not be applied to the minor.) 

HIS 111: Environmental History of America.

HIS 237: Science, Technology, and Medicine in Western Civilization I. 

HIS 238: Science, Technology, and Medicine in Western Civilization II. 

HIS 286: The Global History of Human Health. 

HIS 302: Environmental History in Global Perspective.

HIS 321: Humans and Animals in the Modern World.

HIS 329: History of Industrial Hazards.

HIS 352: Environmental History of China. 

HIS 293: Disease in American History.

HIS 365: Environmental History of North America. 

HIS 368: Health and Disease in African History. 

HIS 386: The Maya. 

HIS 398: Topics in the History of Science, Technology and Medicine. 

  • History of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.
  • History of the American Mental Hospital.

Other courses that count towards the minor include:

  • AFS 374: Environment and Development in African History.

Old Minor in History (For students matriculating prior to April 5, 2021)

The minor, which requires 21 credits, is organized around the student’s interest in a particular area of history. It is defined either by geography (e.g., United States, Latin America) or by topic (e.g., imperialism, social change). Courses must be taken for a letter grade. No grade lower than "C" may be applied to the history minor. At least twelve of the 21 credits must be taken at Stony Brook. The specific distribution of the credits should be determined in consultation with the Director of Undergraduate studies.

Here's an example of an acceptable distribution of the 21 credits: 

• One two-semester survey course in the period of the student’s interest at the 100 or 200 level (6 credits)
• Two other courses at the 200 level (6 credits)
• Three courses at the 300 or 400 level (9 credits)

(Note: HIS 447, 487, or 495–496 may not be applied to the minor.)