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.

What can I do with a major in History?

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.

How can I complete my degree program in four years?

Download a sample degree plan for a major in History.

4 Year History Degree Plan

Where are internships and partnerships available for students in the History program?

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

What are graduates of the History program doing now?

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.

With a major in History, what classes will I take?

Historiography I | HIS-451

Examine philosophy of history, select historians and schools of interpretation, a Christian worldview of history, and pertinent professional issues, focusing on the development of professional research methods, skills and practices.

History and Religions of the Ancient Near East | HIS-432

Study the geo-political framework of the Near East from 3,500-323 B.C., including Semitic peoples such as the Babylonians, Assyrians, Arameans and Hebrews as well as the Semite's neighbors, such as the Egyptians, Hittites and Persians.

What scholarship opportunities are available for students interested in pursuing a major in History?

Cornerstone University offers several institutional scholarships. Visit the Scholarship page for more information.

What publications have Cornerstone Faculty members contributed to the field of History?

Who can I contact for more information on a major in History?