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.


An Important Past

Students who graduate with this major can pursue careers in:

  • Teaching (middle school, high school and collegiate levels)
  • Intelligence work with the military
  • National park service ranger
  • Work in libraries, museums, archives, living history venues and historical homes
  • Corporate research analysts
  • Researchers for national news shows

The BVU history major includes two faculty members who are published authors and who focus on military history – both American and World. The program allows students to understand the wars our country has been in and are engaged in from both an American and World perspectives. By focusing on military history – and the societies that perpetrate, allow and sustain conflicts, we come to understand the local, national and global contexts in which we all live. Through the faculty’s strong connections, students have access to one of the best military history programs in the area.



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Make a Difference

Each year, the history program participates with area school students in grades 6-12 for the National History Day competition, which returns to BVU as a site for district competition in 2017.

Get Involved

History students at BVU can be a part of the program's active history honor society and history club that keeps history alive on campus and helps foster students' intellectual and professional interests.


Options are boundless for BVU's history students. Learn about World War II and the Civil War in ways you’d never thought possible, or travel to Poland, the Czech Republic, and Israel for the Holocaust Studies Tour.

In Demand

BVU grads are in demand. A survey found that 100 percent of History majors from the Class of 2018 were either employed or enrolled in graduate or professional school within six months of graduation.


Immerse Yourself

The eclectic Keith Carter Middle Eastern Collection

History students have access to the Keith Carter Middle Eastern Collection, which came to BVU in 2010. Featuring over 200 artifacts from the Middle East and around the world - including Libya, Malaysia, Bali, Kenya and India - it was donated by the late educator and philanthropist, Keith Carter.



Enhance your education

History students can join the Army ROTC (Reserve Officers' Training Corps), which provides students with the training and experience that can't be found anywhere else on campus. Being a student in ROTC will enhance the quality of your education and will better prepare you for whatever career you pursue.

Learn More


  • Naval History and Heritage Command
  • Smithsonian Educational Division
  • British Parliament
  • Jewish Museum
  • Justice for Our Neighbors


  • US Army, Military Intelligence Analyst
  • Russell High School, History Teacher
  • Iowa Department of Transportation, Historic Preservation Specialist
  • Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site, Park Ranger

Graduate School

  • Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel
  • George Washington University, Washington, DC
  • University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS
  • University of York, York, England, UK
Major in History (30 Credit Hours)
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Minor in History (21 Credit Hours)
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Major in History with Teaching Licensure 5-12 (30 Credit Hours)
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Minor in History with Teaching Licensure 5-12 American History
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Minor in History with Teaching Licensure 5-12 World History
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History Teaching Licensure K-8 (24 Credit Hours)
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Dr. Dixee Bartholomew-Feis
Professor of History
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Dr. William Feis
Professor of History
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