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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 unending quest for daily bread. It presents human misfortunes and greatness as well as the struggle for survival.

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 study a variety of history topics, including:

  • American history
  • European history
  • The writing of history
  • World history

Career Options

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

  • Business
  • Civil service
  • Education
  • Foreign affairs
  • Journalism
  • Law

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Why Study History at Grand Valley?

The program provides:

  • Faculty devoted to teaching and scholarship and helpful staff members.
  • Opportunities to study abroad. Visit for details.
  • Opportunities to engage in research and internships.
  • Student organization opportunities, including Theta Club and National Honors Society of Phi Alpha Theta.


“My history professors worked to move beyond simple re-tellings 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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