As a history major, you will study the past with the aim of understanding the future. Historical inquiry scrutinizes human action and belief, for better or worse. It seeks to understand the forces and trends that shaped events and actions. The historian critically draws upon a variety of sources. Historians not only learn about what happened, they learn how to ask and answer good questions about the past. At a Christian institution of higher learning, we are especially interested in the story of faith and helping students understand the relationship between faith and history.
What can I do with this major?
Broadly trained and enlightened students have the basic skills for success in almost any imaginable vocation. In particular, students develop skills in research, critical thinking and writing. These skills are marketable in many career tracks.
What are some interesting classes I may take?
- HIS 451 – Historiography I
- HIS 432 – History and Religions of the Ancient Near East
What internships or partnerships are available with this program?
- Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum
- Grand Rapids City Archives
- Government agencies
- Law offices
- Political campaigns
- International service organizations
What are grads doing now?
Recent graduates are working in business, law offices and web management companies. The skills noted above are in demand and are often not developed in more vocationally focused programs. In effect, they translate well into many fields, and thus equip history students to explore many options and plot their course in life.