PSYCHOLOGY AND SOCIAL SCIENCE

History Degree

Psychology and Social Science Bachelor's Degree Program

The history major and minor at BVU focus on the human story: people’s experiences in the past, the choices they made, and the impact on future generations. For history majors, coursework involves learning how to research, how to critically evaluate and analyze, and how to create a new and compelling story.

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Why should I earn a history degree?

Demand

100 percent of history majors from BVU’s Class of 2018 were either employed or enrolled in graduate or professional school within six months of graduation.

Impact

Become an expert in the events and patterns of the past so you can affect change now and into the future. 

Opportunity

A degree in history doesn’t just mean a life lived in books. History can be a foundation for many fascinating professional careers, including education, politics, administration, and communications. 

What I Can Do With a History Degree

  • Historian
  • Museum Curator
  • Teacher (with further certification)
  • Politician
  • Journalist

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On Campus

Why study history at BVU?

Expert Faculty

BVU’s history program is led by two published authors who focus on American and World military history.

Connections

Students have access to one of the best military history programs in the area.

Travel

Visit Poland, the Czech Republic, and Israel for the Holocaust Studies Tour.

Immersion

Access BVU’s Keith Carter Middle Eastern Collection, featuring over 200 artifacts from the Middle East and around the world.

Get Involved

Participate in BVU’s active history honor society, history club, and mentor young students for the National History Day competition.

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Get training and experience that can’t be found anywhere else on campus and prepare for whatever career you pursue.

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Emily landed a hands-on internship at the Historical General Dodge House last summer. As an intern, she maintained collections, took pictures, assessed items for damage, and confirmed objects’ time periods. Emily even created her own exhibit about 19th Century dining. During this experience, Emily built a network with a community of historians and teachers who helped her grow as a historian.

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Learn Online

Earn your education and training minor at your convenience with our easy-to-access, fully online curriculum. With one click, you can view assignments and grades, set up appointments with specialized tutors around the clock, access the student lounge, engage in group discussions, or contact professors. Get the BVU experience on your schedule, wherever you are.

Hybrid Learning

You can earn your history degree without leaving your community. Hybrid courses combine the benefit of live ​video instruction with the convenience of online learning. In addition to a weekly class, hybrid students complete their coursework online and receive personalized advisement from local BVU site staff.

Transfer to BVU

BVU has transfer agreements with Iowa’s community colleges, helping you get the most out of your hard-earned credits.

Contact an academic advisor at 712.749.1000 to see how your credits will transfer.

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History Courses

  • Major in History (30 Credit Hours)

    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

    9 credit hours HIST 300 level or above

    6 credit hours HIST electives

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

  • Minor in History (21 Credit Hours)

    Area 1

    Students must take 9 credit hours at the 100-level in a minimum of 2 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

    Area 2

    • 12 credit hours HIST electives (minimum)
  • Major in History with Teaching Licensure 5-12 (30 Credit Hours)

    • HIST 101 History of the United States to 1877
    • HIST 102 History of the United States After 1877
    • 9 additional credit hours of American history (if taking History 482, then 6 credit hours)
    • HIST 111 World Civilizations I or HIST 121 The Emergence of Western Civilization
    • HIST 112 World Civilizations II or HIST 122 The Revolutions of Western Civilizations
    • HIST 125 Asian Civilizations
    • 6 additional credit hours of World history (if taking History 481, then 3 credit hours)
    • HIST 481 The Historian’s Craft (World, Counts for elective credit in World history) or HIST 482 The Historian’s Craft (U.S., Counts as elective credit in U.S. history)
  • Minor in History with Teaching Licensure 5-12 American History

    Option 1

    • HIST 101 History of the United States to 1877
    • HIST 102 History of the United States After 1877
    • HIST 18 credit hours additional American history
    • Plus requirements for secondary education and education core

    Option 2

    • HIST 101 History of the United States to 1877
    • HIST 102 History of the United States After 1877
    • HIST 9 credit hours additional American history
    • HIST 15 credit hours additional hours of social sciences
    • Plus requirements for secondary education and education core
  • Minor in History with Teaching Licensure 5-12 World History

    Option 1 (24 credit hours)

    • HIST 111 World Civilizations I and HIST 112 World Civilizations II or HIST 121 The Emergence of Western Civilization and HIST 122 The revolutions of Western Civilizations
    • HIST 18 credit hours additional world history
    • Plus requirements for secondary education and education core

    Option 2 (30 credit hours)

    • HIST 111 World Civilizations I and HIST 112 World Civilizations II or HIST 121 The Emergence of Western Civilization and HIST 122 The revolutions of Western Civilizations
    • HIST 9 additional credit hours of world history
    • HIST 15 credit hour of social sciences
    • Plus requirements for secondary education and education core
  • History Teaching Licensure K-8 (24 Credit Hours)

    • HIST 101 History of the United States to 1877
    • HIST 102 History of the United States After 1877
    • HIST 6 additional credit hours of American history
    • HIST 111 World Civilizations I and HIST 112 World Civilizations II or HIST 121 The Emergence of Western Civilization and HIST 122 The revolutions of Western Civilizations
    • HIST 6 additional credit hours of world history
    • Plus requirements for secondary education and education core

Financial Aid & Scholarships

We’ll help you figure out your options for financial assistance and possible scholarships.

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History Faculty

Our instructors are committed to helping you build the future of Iowa and beyond.

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Transfer Your Credits

Do you have previously earned credits or an associate degree? BVU accepts most — if not all — of your credits so you don’t have to retake courses.

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Earn a Master’s Degree Faster with Our Accelerated Program

With BVU's Plus One program, you can earn your education, special education, or organizational leadership master's within one year of graduating with your bachelor’s degree. 

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