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?


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.


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


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

On Campus

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.


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


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


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.


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 Gewecke

Emily landed a hands-on internship at the Historical General Dodge House. 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.



Learn Online

You can earn your history degree without leaving your community with our easy-to-access, fully online curriculum. Courses combine the benefit of live ​video instruction with the convenience of online learning. 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.

History Courses

  • Major in History (31 Credit Hours)
  • Minor in History (21 Credit Hours)
  • Major in History with Teaching Licensure 5-12 (31 Credit Hours)
  • Minor in History with Teaching Licensure 5-12 American History
  • Minor in History with Teaching Licensure 5-12 World History

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.

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  teaching English as a second language or organizational leadership master's within one year of graduating with your bachelor’s degree. 

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