Undergraduate FAQs

How do I add the Minor?

In order to add the History of Consciousness (HISC) Minor, you must first have a Major declared - we are unable to assign you the HistCon minor until you have a major. So first and foremost, check with your college counselor to ensure that major declaration has been completed.

Next, you’ll want to take a look at our History of Consciousness Minor Requirements, which you can find here  

Once you’ve looked through the Minor Requirements, be sure to an email to our undergraduate advisor, David Sugg (contact information below) to schedule a time to meet to discuss Minor declaration. 


I’ve taken a number of courses that feel like they fit within the History of Consciousness umbrella, is there any way to substitute some of the Minor Requirements with these courses?

You are in fact able to substitute ONE and only ONE course for the Minor Requirements. These courses (link to pre-approved minor affiliate courses) are pre-approved HISC minor affiliate courses, meaning if you have already taken, or plan to take one of these courses, it will automatically count towards your Minor Requirements. However, it is important to keep in mind that we are only able to apply 1 substitution towards the completion of your Minor Requirements.


What if the course(s) I want to substitute is not a pre-approved HISC minor affiliate course? 

You also have the option of adding courses by petition.

Again, it is important to keep in mind that we are only able to apply 1 substitution towards the completion of your Minor Requirements.


What if I want to Major in HISC?

We’re currently working towards this and will be sure to update both this website and our undergraduate minors just as soon as we’re able to!


I’m graduating in a few quarters, can I still apply to the Minor?

So long as you're able to complete the UG Minor requirements by your graduation date, you should be able to complete the minor. Please be sure to familiarize yourself with the minor requirements before reaching out to declare.

I’m a transfer student and feel as though the courses I’ve taken prior to my entry speak directly to the HISC minor, is there any way to get an exception for course substitutions?

Unfortunately, at this time, our department is unable to accommodate more than one course substitution towards the completion of the Minor. While we understand the superfluous intersectionality of the department lends itself to cross-pollination across disciplines, it’s important to us that the majority of the courses counting towards the Minor be taken here with HistCon Faculty.


Feel free to contact Sadie Lynn (sklynn@ucsc.edu) with any general
questions, or to schedule an appointment outside of the drop-in advising hours.