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Language, History & Culture Majors

History

The study of history is rich with knowledge of the people and events that have gone before us.  It provides a vision of the future that can come only from the depth of that understanding. It will stretch your critical thinking skills and your concept of it means to be human.   

Our faculty has earned advanced degrees from nationally recognized universities and will provide you with individual attention in a small department setting. They're dedicated to preparing you with the necessary analytical and intellectual skills to make you an attractive job candidate in a wide variety of fields.

Minors are offered in History and Women's Studies.

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MUNINN: Journal of History

MUNINN, named after the Viking god Odinn's raven who reported the memory of human events and actions, is a journal of the Grand View History Department.  It welcomes article and book review submissions from undergraduate students, alumni, faculty and friends.

Courses and Requirements

Required of all Majors:

  • The Historian's Craft

2 courses from the following:

  • Ancient World
  • Medieval World
  • West in the Modern World

2 courses from the following:

  • Colonial America
  • US: Republic to Empire, 1789-1898
  • The American Century: U.S. History Since 1898

2 upper-level courses in U.S. History:

  • World Since 1945
  • Contemporary U.S., 1945-present
  • Iowa History
  • Age of the American Revolution
  • Civil War and Reconstruction
  • World War I
  • World War II
  • Women in the Professions
  • History of Capitalism
  • Public History
  • Independent Study (with appropriate topic)
  • Topics in History (with appropriate topic)

2 upper-level courses in European History:

  • Roman Republic and Empire
  • The Vikings
  • World Since 1945
  • Modern Russia
  • Modern Britain
  • Modern Germany
  • British Empire
  • World War I
  • World War II
  • Women in the 20th Century West
  • Women in the Professions
  • History of Capitalism
  • Independent Study (with appropriate topic)
  • Topics in History (with appropriate topic)

2 upper-level courses in World History:

  • World Since 1945
  • Modern Latin America
  • Modern Middle East
  • British Empire
  • Modern Africa
  • History of Mexico
  • World War I
  • World War II
  • History of Capitalism
  • Independent Study (with appropriate topic)
  • Topics in History (with appropriate topic)

Plus 2 additional upper-level courses in any area.

For detailed course descriptions, please see the current catalog HERE.

Career Options

A History degree develops your abilities in writing, critical thinking and research.  It provides a skill set that is marketable in a number of potential arenas of employment, like education, law, business, public service and public history — such as museums, archives and historical preservation.

Internships

Students have completed internships at the following places:

Danish Immigrant Museum
Grand View University Archives
Iowa Commission on the Status of Women
Iowa Gold Star Military Museum at Camp Dodge
Iowa State Historical Museum
Living History Farms
 

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