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, Minor
- Format: Residential
- Location: Grand Rapids
- Major Credit Hours: 36 (requires minor)
- Minor Credit Hours: 18
- Career Opportunities: 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.
- Application Deadline: Rolling admission
- Fall semester—August 15
- Spring semester—January 1
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.
Major Courses and Catalog
In addition to completion of the university's core curriculum, the Bachelor of Arts in History degree requires the following classes:
- HIS-113 World Civilization I (3 credit hours)
- HIS-114 World Civilization II (3 credit hours)
- HIS-221 United States History I (3 credit hours)
- HIS-222 United States History II (3 credit hours)
- HIS-380 Internship (3 credit hours)
- HIS-451 Historiography (2 credit hours)
- HIS-452 Capstone Seminar: Historiography II (1 credit hour)
- Program electives (18 credit hours)
For course descriptions and graduation requirements, view the 2016-17 Cornerstone University Undergraduate Academic Catalog.