2020-2021 Catalog (Current)


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

Program Requirements

History, BA Program Checksheet


  • Major Courses and General Education Courses
  • Admission and Transfer Requirements
  • Graduation Requirements

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.

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.