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.
- School: Traditional Undergrad Academics
- Division: Humanities
- Degree Type: Bachelor of Arts
- Format: Residential
- Location: Grand Rapids
Download a sample degree plan for a major in History.
- Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum
- Grand Rapids City Archives
- Government Agencies
- International Service Organizations
- Law Offices
- Political Campaigns
- Historiography I
- History and Religions of the Ancient Near East
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.