Cultural heritage matters.

As a Cornerstone University history major, you will study the past with the goal of understanding the future. Historical inquiry scrutinizes human action and belief and 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.

Here, we are especially interested in the story of faith and helping students understand the relationship between faith and history. Your CU professors will guide you to graduation through courses taught from a biblical worldview. Upon graduation, you will be prepared to influence the world for Christ.

  • Overview

    • School: Traditional Undergrad Academics
    • Division: Humanities
    • Degree Type: Bachelor of Arts, Minor
    • Format: Residential
    • Location: Grand Rapids
  • Career Opportunities

    A bachelor's degree in history broadly develops your skills, preparing you for success in a range of career tracks and graduate programs.

    • Historian
    • Research analyst
    • Librarian
    • Archivist
    • Post-secondary history instructor
    • Administrative specialist
    • Museum assistant

    Program Classes

    From personable faculty to one-on-one advising appointments, we have resources to support you in reaching your goals and being successful in your classes.

    See our sample degree plan for the list of classes you'll take as a history major.

  • Global Internships

    All traditional undergraduate students complete an academic internship or practicum. This experience helps you explore your calling and gain practical career skills.

    With guidance from the Center for Career & Life Calling, our students land internships at trusted businesses and nonprofits around the world.

    • Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum
    • Grand Rapids City Archives and Records Center
    • The Potter's House

    Humanities Student Outcomes


    of traditional undergraduate humanities students from the class of 2019 were working or enrolled in graduate school within six months of graduation.

    Importantly, our recent graduates also shared that they love their work. Of respondents, 50 percent reported a genuine interest in what they are doing.

  • Job Outcomes

    Cornerstone alumni are tireless in their passion to influence our world for Christ as servant leaders. You can find CU graduates building lives that matter at workplaces based in West Michigan and beyond.

    • Compassion International
    • Grand Rapids Public Museum
    • Paidia International Development
    • McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum
    • Michigan Conservative Energy Forum
    • Michigan Department of Natural Resources