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.

History Scholarships

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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.

Public History Badge

The Public History badge allows students to enhance their degree program through place-based and community engaged projects drawing on current practices and methodologies.

Certificate in medical and health humanities

The Certificate in Medical and Health Humanities allows students to broaden their understanding of medicine and health by incorporating the diverse perspectives of a variety of disciplines in the liberal arts and sciences. 


Outstanding Alumni and Students

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

Meghan Forest, History '17 Spotlight

Meghan Forest, History '17

Archives and Curatorial Assistant, The Biltmore Company

Jordyn Timmerman (Perialas), Social Studies '16 Spotlight

Jordyn Timmerman (Perialas), Social Studies '16

7th grade social studies teacher, Phoenix, AZ

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“The skills I learned as a history major have been incredibly helpful. Being able to do deep research on a topic, analyze and synthesize your findings, come to a conclusion, and then communicate that all effectively is something I have to do on a weekly basis. It was my love for doing historical research that led me on this path, and even though I don't do too much historical research these days, the research and communication skills you learn are very applicable to other fields.”

Alice Kalinowski, History '15

Where Are Our Social Studies and History Graduates?

Where Are Our Social Studies and History Graduates?

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


Department News

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Speaker answering audience member question

Constitution expert: Political cartoons, newspapers paved the way for Constitution's ratification

Akhil Reed Amar, one of the nation's leading legal scholars on the Constitution, was the keynote speaker for the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies' Constitution Day program.

Sep 16, 2021

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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Upcoming Events and Opportunities

Events

Great Lakes History Conference

October 22, 2021 All Day

We are pleased to announce the upcoming Great Lakes History Conference on Oct 22-23, which has been expertly organized by Professors, Peter Dobek and Nathan Kapoor of the History Department.  The...

Great Lakes History Conference

October 23, 2021 All Day

We are pleased to announce the upcoming Great Lakes History Conference on Oct 22-23, which has been expertly organized by Professors, Peter Dobek and Nathan Kapoor of the History Department.  The...

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