A Relationship Between Faith and History.

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.

  • Overview

    • School: Traditional Undergrad Academics
    • Division: Humanities
    • Degree Type: Bachelor of Arts
    • Format: Residential
    • Location: Grand Rapids
  • 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.

    Degree Completion

    Download a sample degree plan for a major in History.

  • Internship Opportunities

    • Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum
    • Grand Rapids City Archives
    • Government Agencies
    • International Service Organizations
    • Law Offices
    • Political Campaigns

    Interesting Classes

    • Historiography I
    • History and Religions of the Ancient Near East

Career Outcomes

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 successful completion of the university's core curriculum, the Bachelor of Arts in History degree requires the following courses:

  • 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)
  • Upper level courses—including two courses in European or non-Western History and one course in American History (12 credit hours)
  • Choose two electives (6 credit hours)
    • ENG-324 Literary Modernisms
    • ENG-334 American Renaissance in the 19th Century
    • ENG-342 British Romantic/Victorian Literature
    • ENG-344 British Literature to 1700
    • ENG/HIS-361 Holocaust Literature
    • PHI-215 Augustine and Aquinas
    • PHI-413 Globalization/Localization

For course descriptions and graduation requirements, view the 2016-17 Traditional Undergraduate Academic Catalog.

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