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Degree Type: Bachelor of Arts
College(s): College of Arts and Sciences

Why Choose History? - Program Spotlight

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 strong reading 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.

Career 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 student admission is open to high school graduates (or equivalent) who demonstrate appropriate academic preparedness, maturity and seriousness of purpose.  High school courses and grade point average, ACT/SAT16 composite score, and ACT/SAT16 Mathematics and Reading sub scores will be considered in the admission and course placement process.  Transfer students must have at least 12 credits at the time of application with a minimum 2.0 overall GPA including an English and mathematics course or they will be considered as first year students.

General Education Requirements

All University General Education requirements for a Bachelor’s degree are here

Please consult this link for a complete listing of General Education Electives.

Consult the Required Courses above or the program advisor for program specific General Education requirements.

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.

More Information

ADVISOR: Dr. Gary Huey
PHONE: 231-591-2758

Department of Humanities
Ferris State University
1009 Campus Drive/JOH 119
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2280
Phone: 231-591-3675


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.


US History to 1877
US History - 1877 to Present
World Civilizations to 1400
World Civilizations since 1400
Craft of History
Research in History
Foundation Courses and Capstone Experience
American History 
(any HIST course number between 301 to 349)  All 300 level HIST courses require ENGL 250.  One HIST must apply to REG.
World History
(any HIST course number between 350 and 394)  All 300 level HIST courses require ENGL 250.  One HIST must apply to Global Consciousness.
Academic Minor
An academic minor of 18-24 credits is required.
Bachelor of Arts Core: 
1) Proficiency in a foreign language through the 201 level. Accomplished through course work and/or assessment.  
2) COMM requirement - choose a second COMM course from the list of options required for general education (COMM 121 or COMM 221).
To reach the minimimum 120 credits required for this degree.