THE STUDY OF HISTORY
The craft of history interprets the past. History examines the lives of people, the consequences of ideas, and the products of human ingenuity. Historians engage in deep inquiry and persuasive debate. They craft narratives about the past based in evidence. The skills students gain through the study of history allow them to analyze and interpret evidence and evaluate how human societies change over time.

Choose from a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in history, or a minor in history or history of science, or select history as a teachable minor. Careful training in research, writing, critical reading, and interpretation makes history graduates attractive to a wide number of employers who value those abilities, especially in fields of law, library and museum work, finance, journalism, and public administration. Students also study history to advance their own liberal education and to train their minds.


THE PROFESSION OF SOCIAL STUDIES EDUCATION
Or, choose the major in Group Social Studies that is designed for students seeking teacher certification in secondary, middle, or elementary school.

The Department of History is a unit of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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Benefits students regularly enrolled in any history course.


This fund is for History or Social Studies students studying abroad.


Benefits deserving junior or senior history majors.

WHY HISTORY?

WHY SOCIAL STUDIES?


Outstanding Alumni and Students

94% of GVSU alumni respondents rated their academic experience in the History and Social Studies majors as excellent or good.

Alex Jablonski, History 2011

Alex Jablonski, History 2011

Binghamton University, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Advisor.

Meghan Forest, History 2017

Meghan Forest, History 2017

Archives and Curatorial Assistant, The Biltmore Company

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“I would not be the scholar, educator, or professional I am today without the support and challenge of the amazing faculty teaching in the history program. They have inspired my career as a disruptor of inequity and provided me with the skills necessary to be a critical educator. The coursework assisted in being able to be successful in all stages of my professional career, whether it was during my time with the Michigan Department of Education as a Higher Education Consultant, as a Director of Accreditation and Assistant Professor at Madonna University, or now as the Director of the Center for Educator Preparation and Chair of the Education Unit at the University of Michigan-Flint. In addition to my professional career, I have found the skills and knowledge learned in this program to be helpful throughout my academic career, especially as I work on completing my PhD in which I am researching the impact of whiteness on pre-service educators.”

Thomn Bell, Social Studies '04

GVSU History Alumna Dr. Erika Edwards

Watch her talk given for the GVSU Latin American and Latina/o Studies Program and History Department, October 1, 2020

GVSU History Alum Eric Baumgarten

GVSU History Alum-in-Residence and Lead Buyer for GE Aviation Eric Baumgarten speaks about the value of a History degree in the Business world, October 2019

Where Are Our Social Studies and History Graduates?

Where Are Our Social Studies and History Graduates?

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Department News

GVNext: History Department News

Tony Lupo and James Smither

Alumnus partners with GVSU Veterans History Project to share interviews, providing significant addition to collection

The collection of stories provides a wealth of information for a variety of users.

Jun 17, 2021

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History faculty member named director of Kutsche Office of Local History

Nora Salas, associate professor of history, has been named director of Grand Valley's Kutsche Office of Local History.

Apr 6, 2021

Paul Murphy

GVSU expert: With U.S. facing unique stress point, history shows how America emerged stronger after dark times

The current crisis is likely another critical turning point for the country, said Paul Murphy, professor of history.

Jan 11, 2021

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