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History

As a history major at Cornerstone University, you will study the past to gain insight into the future. Historians are challenged to seek patterns and identify cause and effect relationships in the history they read. You will learn how to draw from various sources, ask and answer critical questions about the past and identify patterns that may drive us into the future.

Degree Type

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Minor

Academic Division

  • Humanities Division

Format

  • Residential

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Of Humanities Divison students from the class of 2019 were employed or enrolled in graduate school within six months of graduation.

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Student-to-faculty ratio with an average class size of 22.

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Of students participate in internship or practicum experiences.

Internships

We have partnered with several museums and libraries in West Michigan to help cultivate future historians. You will graduate from Cornerstone with a built-in internship experience to prepare you for your future career.

Opportunities

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

Careers

History majors are valued for their critical thinking and attention to detail. Here are some career opportunities available to you as a graduate of the history program.

Opportunities

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

Course List

The history program at Cornerstone is designed to inspire your intellect, deepen your character and prepare you to lead in your career with influence and wisdom.

From caring professors to one-on-one advising appointments, we have resources to support you in reaching your goals and being successful in your classes. Select the sample degree plan to see a list of the classes you’ll take as a student with a major in history.

History Four-Year Planning Guide (PDF)

HIS-103 Introduction to History

This course is designed for History majors and minors. Students will be introduced to the study of history, analysis of primary and secondary sources, historical interpretation and historical writing. Students will prepare for their post-graduation careers and examine specific work environments.

HIS-113 World Civilization I

A broad survey of the political, social, economic, religious, and cultural developments of ancient, medieval, and early modern Europe with emphasis placed on the contributions of Western civilization but including study of African, Far Eastern, and Middle Eastern societies. The course begins with Egypt and Mesopotamia and concludes with the 1500s.

HIS-114 World Civilization II

A study of major Western and non-Western nation-states from 1500 to the present including ideological developments such as the Enlightenment and Romanticism. Interwoven throughout are themes of industrialism, imperialism, revolutions,
communism and the Cold War.

HIS-221 United States History I

The political, social, religious, diplomatic and economic history from Colonial times through the Civil War. Topics include colonization, the American Revolution, Constitution-making, the early national period, the Jacksonian era, the Age of Expansion, slavery, sectionalism, and Civil War.

HIS-222 United States History II

A survey of American history from 1865 to the present. The course combines a topical with a chronological approach. Reconstruction, the Gilded Age, Industrialism, Populism, and Progression are followed by a study of the domestic and diplomatic events of Twentieth-Century presidential administrations.

HIS-380 Internship

Individualized opportunities with historical societies, museums, libraries, investigative journalism, and others.

HUM-121 Humanities & Vocation

This course is designed for majors in the Humanities. Students will prepare for their post-graduation careers. We also will examine specific work environments (e.g., corporations, universities, and nonprofits); the value of attending graduate or
professional school; and the role that internships, undergraduate research, and networking play in career development.

HUM-382 Humanities Seminar

A seminar that is centered on themes that cross disciplinary boundaries in the Humanities. May be taken for up to 12 credits.

HIS-451 Historiography I

The first of two sequential capstone courses which address the making of history. This will examine philosophy of history, select historians and schools of interpretation, a Christian worldview of history, and pertinent professional issues. It will focus on the development of professional research methods, skills and practices. It will entail initial topic development and primary and secondary research for a major original research project.

HIS-452 Capstone Seminar: Historiography II

The second of two sequential capstone courses which address the making of history. This will build upon the first course, employing knowledge, skills and preliminary work from that experience to complete a major research project based upon
intensive primary and secondary research. This will culminate with the proper writing and presentation of such research.

Program Learning Outcomes

Program learning outcomes are the foundation of a CU degree. Explore how our history program prepares you with the essential knowledge and 21st-century skills to reach your God-given potential and become a lifelong learner.

Cornerstone provided me with an amazing opportunity to learn from professors who care both about my education and about the person that I am becoming.

Henry Townsend (’19)

Faculty

CU professors are devoted to the success of our students. Select a faculty member to learn more about their campus involvement, research interests and teaching responsibilities.

Related Programs

The Humanities Division offers a wide range of majors that can be tailored to your interests. Check out other programs related to history.

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Undergraduate

At Cornerstone University, you’ll get the full college experience with a Christ-centered worldview. Learn more about the undergraduate experience below.

Adult

Persevere in what you know you’re capable of. Our programs for adults provide a creative approach to learning anchored in Christ-centered virtues as you follow your unwavering purpose.

Graduate

Go further as an influencer in your work and community. Our graduate programs prepare you to open new doors as you reach your God-given potential.

Seminary

At Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, we’re dedicated to learning, serving and leading through rigorous scholarship and a humble approach to Scripture.