Good Advice for Picking a Major: Don’t Be “Practical”

May 22, 2015
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There are a lot of reasons to choose a college major, but perhaps the worst is that it’s “practical.” Or so argues historian Cecilia Gaposchkin, who coordinates pre-major advising at Dartmouth University: …the premise of the “practical major” is corroding college intellectual life. As students flock to the two or three majors they see as good investments, […]

Watch the Bethel at War Library Presentation

May 19, 2015
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Screen shot from the video of Fletcher and Chris' talk

Last Thursday Prof. Chris Gehrz and Fletcher Warren ’15 gave the last Bethel Library presentation of the year, an update on their Edgren Scholars collaboration, Bethel at War, 1914-2014: Among other topics, Warren and Gehrz reflected on the innovative possibilities inherent in digital history but also explained why they ultimately returned to more traditional modes of scholarship as their […]

A Prayer for Our Students and Graduates

May 18, 2015
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Tonight marked the end of my first time teaching HIS290 Intro to History, our department’s new gateway course — required for History majors and minors, but also drawing some history-loving undecideds trying to figure out their next steps. For their final essay, students reflected on how their interest in the past and training as historians connects to […]

Wednesday’s Webisode: Careers and Vocation

May 13, 2015
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Screen shot from our Past & Presence road trip to Duluth

It’s the last week of classes at Bethel University, which means that today’s is the episode of Past & Presence for a while. But it’s a good one: AnneMarie and Amy Poppinga talk about calling and career (and why they’re not the same thing); we meet attorney Tony Barthel ’99; and Chris Gehrz takes a road trip to […]

Wednesday’s Webisode: Historians and the Church

May 6, 2015
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Screen shot of our Past & Presence interview with Andene O'Neill

After a week off, Past & Presence returns today with an episode dedicated to the relationship between historians and the church. That’s the subject of our faculty conversation, between Profs. Amy Poppinga and Chris Gehrz. Plus we interview Andene (Christopherson) O’Neil ’05, Pastor of Worship & Adult Ministries at Church of the Cross in Hopkins, Minnesota, and […]

From AC 2nd to… Social Work

May 4, 2015
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Joylynn at Stonehenge

Today we’re happy to share the story of Joylynn (Corum) Israel ’07, a History/Social Studies Education major who earned her master’s degree in social work (MSW) from the University of Minnesota and now serves as a therapist at a mental health clinic. Joylynn, you majored in History and Social Studies Education while at Bethel. How did you become […]

Highlights from the 2015 Minnesota Undergraduate History Symposium

April 27, 2015
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Bethel students at the 2015 Minnesota Undergraduate History Symposium in Mankato, MN

On Saturday six people from our department represented Bethel at the second annual Minnesota Undergraduate History Symposium. Hosted this year by Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato after our neighbors at Northwestern kicked off the event in 2014, the symposium featured undergraduates from Bethel, Bethany Lutheran, Northwestern, and Martin Luther College presenting research findings on a wide variety of […]

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