History

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.

Explore

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.

Immerse yourself

Learn about 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.

Army ROTC

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.

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Internships

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

Careers

  • 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)

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

Area 2

  • 9 credit hours HIST 300 level or above

Area 3

  • 6 credit hours HIST electives

Area 4

  • 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
  • HIST 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
  • HIST 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)
  • Plus requirements for secondary education and education core

Minor in History with Teaching Licensure (5-12) American History

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

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

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

Faculty

Dr.   Dixee  Bartholomew-Feis

Dixee Bartholomew-Feis

Professor of History

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Dr.   William  Feis

William Feis

Professor of History

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Two BVU Students Receive Army ROTC Scholarships

The scholarships were awarded on the students' overall merit, as well as their high school transcripts and GPA, ACT scores, physical fitness, and leadership potential.

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Two BVU Students Receive Army ROTC Scholarships