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.

Entrance Requirements

LENG-111 and LENG-211 We feel that a strong baseline of writing in LENG 111 plus exposure to cultural contexts, literature and further writing skills refinement in LENG 211 is needed for students to be able to get the most out of their experience in the history classes. In certain cases, or according to the preference of the professor teaching the class, LENG 211 may be waived. 

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
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12 credits required for minor. Students choose 4 courses from the following list, at least 1 of which must be a -300 level course. LHIS-201: International Human Rights LHIS-202: Nations and Nationalism LHIS-203: Ancient Religions & Philosophies LHIS-213: Early History of the Americas LHIS-214: Modern History of the Americas LHIS-215: Modern East Asia LHIS-216: History of the Middle East LHIS-217: The Modern Age: Europe 1700-1945 LHIS-218: Women and Culture in the West: Route to Modern Feminism LHIS-219: History of Nazi Germany LHIS-218: Women and Culture in the West LHIS-219: History of Nazi Germany LHIS-220: Cinema in Hitler's Germany LHIS-221: World Revolutions LHIS-223: History Topics* LHIS-224: Africana Studies: The Sociology of Black Music in American Culture LHIS-225: Africana Studies: The Theology of American Popular Music LHIS-226: Africana Studies: Biographies in Black (Music, Lives, and Meanings) LHIS-P277: Contemplative Practice LHIS-P320: The Music of Laurel Canyon LHIS-321: America from the Jazz to the Digital Age LHIS-334: Contemporary History LHIS-363: Gender and Power in History LHIS-375: Mythology and Folklore *The following topics are offered on a regular, semester-by-semester basis: History of the Music City, Globalism and Globalization, People Place & Power, American Popular Culture and Society, Law and Disorder, Contemplative and Mystical Traditions, Palestinian-Israeli Relations, American Music Industry. 

Assessment Evidence

All history courses use items from the following list of assessment methods and assignments:

1. Papers (both short/focused and research length) on a given topic.

2. In-class or take-home midterm and final examinations.

3. Participation in an individual or group in-class presentation on a topic.

4. Journal/reflection assessments on readings, class materials and discussions.

5. Participation in online discussion boards and group work.

6. Written responses to museum trips and film viewings.

7. Fieldwork, library research and internet-based research, gather and synthesize material for specific assignments.