History Minor

The history minor emphasizes the value of historical study to the development of the musician as an informed and responsible world citizen. Students explore concepts of historical thinking and research. They examine and evaluate primary and secondary sources, and learn to incorporate sources in their own writing. Students also learn to synthesize multiple views. Students develop their own analyses of historical events, as they assess and organize historical evidence, and confront bias in historical writings. The history minor provides artistic, philosophical, cultural, and historical context for the music and art that students study. The minor enhances students' artistic and cultural perspective.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of a minor in history, students will:

  • Apply concepts of historical thinking
  • Evaluate major themes, trends, and key terminology in the study of history
  • Evaluate primary and secondary sources
  • Synthesize multiple views
  • Assess historical evidence
  • Evaluate bias in historical writings
  • Connect the study of history with the study of music
  • Employ speaking and writing to reflect, develop ideas, pose questions, solve problems, analyze arguments, and recognize faulty logic

Choose Four from the Following (at least one course must be at a 300-level or above)

  • LHIS-202 Nations and Nationalism (3 credits)
  • LHIS-203 Ancient Religion and Philosophies (3 credits)
  • LHIS-213 Early History of the Americas (3 credits)
  • LHIS-214 Modern History of the Americas (3 credits)
  • LHIS-215 History of Modern East Asia (3 credits)
  • LHIS-216 History of the Middle East (3 credits)
  • LHIS-217 The Modern Age: Europe 1700-1945 (3 credits)
  • LHIS-218 Women & Culture in the West: Route to Modern Feminism (3 credits)
  • LHIS-219 History of Nazi Germany (3 credits)
  • LHIS-220 Cinema in Hitler's Germany (3 credits)
  • LHIS-221 World Revolutions (3 credits)
  • LHIS-223 History Topics (3 credits)
  • LHIS-224 Africana Studies: The Sociology of Black Music in American Culture (3 credits)
  • LHIS-225 Africana Studies: The Theology of American Popular Music (3 credits)
  • LHIS-226 Africana Studies: Biographies in Black (Music, Lives & Meaning) (3 credits)
  • LHIS-P248 Palestinian-Israeli Relations (3 credits)
  • LHIS-301 International Human Rights (3 credits)
  • LHIS-P320 20th Century Women Songwriters (3 credits)
  • LHIS-321 America from the Jazz Age to the Digital Age (3 credits)
  • LHIS-P322 The Music of Laurel Canyon (3 credits)
  • LHIS-334 Contemporary History (3 credits)
  • LHIS-363 Gender and Power in History (3 credits)
  • LHIS-375 Mythology and Folklore (3 credits)

4 courses required for completion of the minor.

For more information, contact:

Liberal Arts Department
7 Haviland, Room 334
617 747-2552

Chair: Simone Pilon, spilon@berklee.edu

Liberal Arts Project Manager: Chris Jo, cjo@berklee.edu