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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.  For more information, see the inside front cover of the journal itself,

Volume 1, 2012

Courses and Requirements

Departmental Courses in the Core:

  • Survey of Western Civilization to 1660
  • Survey of Western Civilization from 1660 to Present
  • History of the US to 1877
  • History of the US from 1877 to Present
  • The Era of Global Wars (1914-1945)
  • The World Since 1945
  • History of Modern Russia
  • History of Modern Britain
  • Contemporary US History, 1945-Present
  • Modern East Asia
  • Modern Latin America
  • Modern Middle East
  • Iowa History
  • History of Women in 20th Century Western World
  • History of Women in the Professions

Departmental Courses Required of all Majors in History:

  • Survey of Western Civilization to 1660
  • Survey of Western Civilization from 1660 to Present
  • History of the US to 1877
  • History of the US from 1877 to Present
  • Introduction to History Seminar
  • History Senior Seminar

6 credits United States, choose from the following:

  • Historiography
  • Recent US History, 1890-1945
  • Contemporary US History, 1945-Present
  • Iowa History
  • Colonial America
  • The Age of the American Revolution, 1763-1815
  • The Early American Republic, 1815-1848
  • The Civil War & Reconstruction
  • History of Women in the Professions
  • Public History
  • Internship in History

6 credits European, choose from the following:

  • European Intellectual & Cultural History
  • History Modern France
  • History of Modern Russia
  • History of Modern Britain
  • History of Modern Germany
  • History of Women in 20th Century Western World

6 credits Non-US, Non-European, choose from the following:

  • The Era of Global Wars (1914-1945)
  • The World Since 1945
  • Modern East Asia
  • Modern Latin America
  • South American History
  • Modern Middle East
  • History of British Empire
  • History of Modern Africa
  • History of Mexico

Plus 6 Credits of any History Course.

Computer Proficiency Requirement:

  • Computer and Information Literacy

Other History Offerings:

  • Independent Study in History AS NEEDED
  • Internship in History AS NEEDED
  • Special Topics in History
  • History Senior Seminar

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