Undergraduate Major - 30 Credit Hours
Classes start every 8 weeks.

The study of history focuses on the human story… people’s experiences in the past, the choices they made, and the impact on future generations. For students, history involves learning how to research, to critically evaluate and analyze, and to create a new and compelling story.

Program Description:

While history is technically defined as the study of the past, it is also, arguably, the lens through which we understand modern behavior, societal trends, and how the beliefs and morays of yesterday transform into the morality and laws of today. BVU’s history major provides an in-depth look at American, European and World history. Businesses today value people with this breadth of knowledge and understanding, which makes history majors highly versatile in a world that requires adaptability.

Employment opportunities include:

  • Historian
  • Curator
  • Teacher
  • Politics
  • Journalism
  • Council Bluffs
  • Creston
  • Denison
  • Emmetsburg
  • Estherville
  • Fort Dodge
  • Iowa Falls
  • Marshalltown
  • Mason City
  • Ottumwa
  • Sioux City
  • Spencer
  • Spirit Lake

History Area 1

Students must take 12 credit hours at the 100-level in a minimum of 3 fields

U.S. History Field

  • HIST 101 History of the United States to 1877
  • HIST 102 History of the United States After 1877

World History Field

  • HIST 111 World Civilizations I
  • HIST 112 World Civilizations II

European History Field

  • HIST 121 The Emergence of Western Civilization
  • HIST 122 The Revolutions of Western Civilizations

Asian History Field

  • HIST 125 Asian Civilizations

History Area 2

9 credit hours HIST 300 level or above

History Area 3

6 credit hours HIST electives

History Area 4

HIST 481 The Historian’s Craft (World) or HIST 482 The Historian’s Craft (US)

Admissions criteria for the History program

BVU's degree completion programs are classified as junior-senior level. Persons who have completed an associate degree or 60 credit hours from a regionally accredited institution qualify for admission. College level examination program credits (CLEP) and life experience credit may be available as described in the academic section. 

Admissions process for the History program
  • Although personal interviews are not required, applicants are urged to confer with an advisor.
  • Request that official transcript(s) from each college or university previously attended be sent to BVU. Without official transcripts and records, a student will not be allowed to register beyond the initial semester.
  • Complete the BVU Degree Completion Application
  • If you will be applying for financial assistance including student loans, complete the Free Application for Federal Financial Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov.
  • Students who have previously earned a B.A. or B.S. degree may be eligible to earn a second bachelor’s degree from Buena Vista University.

Tuition & Fees

BVU offers a quality, affordable education, and our financial specialists are here to help as you navigate the costs of your educational investment so you can move forward with your career.

Financial Aid

BVU's Institution code: 001847

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All Buena Vista University programs are approved for the G.I. Bill and Yellow Ribbon Program.


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