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.
History can be used as a double major, supplementing any other major by providing a historical perspective and research skills.
With regard to graduate education, students have many options. The most obvious is graduate education in history. Yet students often successfully pursue graduate studies in theology, law, humanities and other fields. This opens doors to many careers: One can work in ministry, law, politics, education and business, to name a few. Even students who do not pursue a graduate education find myriad opportunities.
Recent graduates are working in business, law offices and web management companies. The three 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. Students taking History with the Secondary Education Program track are qualified once they pass the certification tests to teach History at the middle and high school level.
- School: Traditional Undergrad Academics
- Division: Teacher Education
- Degree Type: Bachelor of Arts
- Format: Residential
- Location: Grand Rapids
Download a sample degree plan for a major in History for Secondary Education.
- Medieval Europe
- Historiography I
- Social Studies Research I & II
- Museums (ex: Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum; Coopersville Farm Museum)
- Archives (ex: Grand Rapids City Archives; H. Henry Meeter Center for Calvin Studies)
- Libraries (ex: Lincoln Township Library in Indiana)
- Non-profit organizations (ex: St. Cecelia’s)
- International service organizations (ex: Women at Risk International)
- Archeological projects
- Law Offices
Major Courses and Catalog
In addition to completion of the university's core curriculum, the Bachelor of Arts in History Education degree requires the following courses:
- HIS-113 World Civilization I (3 credit hours)
- HIS-114 World Civilization II (3 credit hours)
- HIS-211 Michigan History (3 credit hours)
- HIS-221 United States History I (3 credit hours)
- HIS-222 United States History II (3 credit hours)
- HIS-451 Historiography I (2 credit hours)
- HIS-452 Historiography II (1 credit hour)
- Upper level electives in history—Including two courses in European/non-Western History and one course in American History (12 credit hours)
For course descriptions and graduation requirements, view the 2016-17 Traditional Undergraduate Academic Catalog.