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History HIST

Degree Type: Bachelor of Arts

College(s): Arts and Sciences

Required Courses  Credit Hours 
General Education
This degree requires completion of the General Education requirements for a Bachelor of Arts degree. Details of these requirements are delineated on the General Education website. Courses listed below as program/major required courses with the indicators: C, S, Z, R, G, may also be used to satisfy some of these general education requirements.
History Major (36 credit minimum)
HIST 400 Research in History 3
HIST 250 The Craft of History 3
Choose A or B:
HIST 121 US History to 1877 3
HIST 122 US History - 1877 to Present 3
HIST 211 World Civilizations to 1400 3
HIST 212 World Civilizations since 1400 3
Choose two additional 200-level courses:
HIST 201 African-American History 3
HIST 230 Michigan History 3
HIST 276 History of Science -Technology 3
HIST 277 American Business History 3
HIST 280 History of Medical-Health Care 3
HIST 285 History of Sports 3
HUMN 202 African-Amer Cult Expression 3
Choose three courses in American History:
HIST 309 US History 1900 - 1945 3
HIST 310 US History since 1945 3
HIST 315 Civil Rights Movement 3
HIST 320 US and the Vietnam War 3
HIST 325 American Women's History 3
HIST 326 African-American Women's Hist 3
HIST 330 Turbulent 1960s 3
HIST 331 Amer Cultural History to 1865 3
HIST 332 Amer Cult History since 1865 3
HIST 333 Antebellum America 3
HIST 334 Colonial America 3
HIST 341 US Foreign Policy-20th Century 3
HIST 342 The Civil War-Reconstruction 3
HIST 385 American Military History 3
Choose three courses in World Civilization:
HIST 301 Racism in the Modern World 3
HIST 350 The Making of Modern Britain 3
HIST 351 Medieval Europe 3
HIST 352 Renaissance and Reformation 3
HIST 360 Contemporary European History 3
HIST 363 Rise of the Russian Empire 3
HIST 370 Modern Africa 3
HIST 371 East Asia in the 20th Century 3
HIST 372 Middle East in Modern Era 3
HIST 373 20th Century Russia 3
HIST 375 Latin American History 3
B.A. Core 3-15 credits
The BA core consists of one COMM course and proficiency in a foreign language through the 201 level.

Why Choose History?

Historians are like 'social detectives.' They try to understand the men and women, groups and events of earlier times by studying the 'clues' left behind such as visual documents and artifacts, diaries, official documents and records, economic data and newspapers. Historians use these 'clues' to determine which events were most important, why things turned out the way they did, or what lessons we can learn from the past.

The history major prepares students to see 'the big picture' and to focus on our most important societal issues, decisions, and trends. The history major prepares students to gather, assimilate, and interpret a wide variety of information from many different sources and to view issues from different perspectives. Students entering the History major should have strongreading skills and be interested in learning about the experiences of others. Students in the History major study the history of the United States, the history of other regions of the world, and the methods of historical research. They also have the opportunity to select courses of special interest to them, such as African American history or the history of science and technology. Advanced students may participate in undergraduate research projects or internships.

Professional Opportunities

The History major also gives students a broad and in-depth understanding of the diverse political, economic, and cultural factors affecting American life and the global marketplace today. For this reason, the History major is excellent preparation for a wide variety of career paths, including the law, education, journalism, government, public policy analysis, business, or executive-level management.

Admission Requirements

First-year students must have a minimum 2.7 high school GPA and an ACT reading subtest score of 17 or better. Transfer students must have a minimum 2.0 GPA.

Graduation Requirements

In order to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in History, a student must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours including the History major, the BA core, an academic minor in another field of study, and all general education requirements for Bachelor of Arts degree. No grade lower than 'C' will count toward the History major.

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Department of Humanities, Arts & Speech
Ferris State University
Dr. Gary Huey
820 Campus Drive/ASC 2066
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2225
Phone: 231-591-2758

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