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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.
Outstanding Alumni and Students
94% of GVSU alumni respondents rated their academic experience in the History and Social Studies majors as excellent or good.
“Two days after I graduated in December 2016 with my history degree from Grand Valley, I shipped out to Air Force Basic Military Training. Now, I work as a photojournalist at Scott Air Force Base, Ill. My history background has helped me to succeed in journalism by strengthening both my writing and research-gathering skills.”
—Tara Stetler, History '16
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
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
Nora Salas, associate professor of history, has been named director of Grand Valley's Kutsche Office of Local History.
Apr 6, 2021
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