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Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science (B.A., B.S.)


History examines the lives of people, the consequences of ideas, and the products of human ingenuity. Historians engage in deep inquiry and persuasive debate. The skills students gain through the study of history allow them to analyze and interpret evidence and evaluate how human perspective changes over time.

Program Overview

Students may receive either a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in history. Students may also chose to minor in history or select it as a teachable minor. Careful training in research, writing, critical reading, and interpretation makes history graduates attractive to a great number of employers who value those abilities. Students also study history to advance their own liberal education and to train their minds. Refer to the history section of the online catalog, for undergraduate and graduate courses, descriptions, and a sample curriculum.


Students choose from a wide variety of coursework in the following areas:

  • American history
  • European history
  • World history
  • Public history and museum studies
  • Research methods and history writing
  • History journal
  • History of science and medicine

Career Options

History majors work in a wide variety of careers, including:

  • Archives and museums
  • Business
  • Civil service
  • Education
  • Foreign affairs
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Library science

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Why Study History at Grand Valley?

  • Faculty devoted to teaching, scholarship, and mentoring. Students are also supported by welcoming and knowledgeable staff members.
  • Opportunities to study abroad. Visit for details.
  • Research and internship opportunities.
  • Work with the Veterans History Project.
  • Get involved with student organizations including the History Club and Phi Alpha Theta, the history honor society.
  • GVSU history graduates are accepted into top law schools and master's degree programs in history, museum studies, and library science.

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Department of History


“My history professors worked to move beyond simple retellings of historical events to focus on deep, interpretive analyses that place these events within a greater context of human understanding. For me, the entire experience, beyond improving my analytical and writing skills, has worked to provide indispensable resources for the rest of my life.”


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