- 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.
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.
ADVISOR: Dr. Gary Huey
EMAIL: [email protected]
Department of Humanities
Ferris State University
1009 Campus Drive/JOH 119
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2280
(any HIST course number between 301 to 349) All 300 level HIST courses require ENGL 250. One HIST must apply to REG.
(any HIST course number between 350 and 394) All 300 level HIST courses require ENGL 250. One HIST must apply to Global Consciousness.
An academic minor of 18-24 credits is required.
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.