Undergraduate Programs

How to Major or Minor in History

  1. Apply to the College of Charleston!
  2. Once you receive your acceptance letter, register for your required Orientation session.
  3. Declare your History major or minor
  4. As soon as your declaration of the major is processed, you will be assigned a departmental advisor. Before registering each semester, you will meet with your advisor and they will help you select the appropriate courses to suit your interests and fulfill all requirements. 
  5. If you need additional help registering for classes, please contact Associate Chair, Dr. Irina Gigova.
  6. Don't forget to stay involved and connected to the History Department!

History Major

A degree in history will give you the tools to understand the world, to add perspective to your knowledge of society and politics, and to improve your critical analytical and writing skills.

The following links provide detailed information about our program and courses, as well as, resources to help you succeed in your History classes.


Declaring a History Major: Student declaration of majors, minors will be inititated through the Program of Study Management (POSM) online. All changes to degree programs must still be approved by the the department. When the department receives your request you will be notified by email if additional action is necessary (i.e. a face-to-face meeting with the Associate chair). You will receive a confirmation email when the process is complete and the change will then appear in your Academic Profile on the Academic Services tab in MyCharleston.

History Minor

Many students at the College of Charleston complement their majors by completing one or more academic minors. Refer to the requirements for the History minor below:

NOTE: All minors must have passed at least one 200-level course before taking a 300-level course and must have passed at least one 300-level course before taking a 400-level course. HIST 299, The Historian's Craft, is only required if the student chooses to enroll in the capstone research seminar (which is optional for minors). Any six upper-level courses, including at least one at the 300-level, regardless of geography or time-frame, will fulfill the minor.

Contact Department Chair Dr. Jason Coy or Associate Chair Dr. Irina Gigova to discuss pursuing a History major or minor.