Highlights of the 2021 Hippo Alumni Survey

Earlier this year — even before we announced our newly merged department — we invited all alumni in History, Philosophy, Political Science, and related fields to complete a survey asking about their experience at Bethel and after graduation. We heard back from just over 200 people and have been using that data for a number of purposes … Continue reading Highlights of the 2021 Hippo Alumni Survey

Course Previews: Applied Humanities Seminar – Health Care

When this blog just served the History Department, we occasionally shared previews of new HIS courses. We'll plan to do the same for Philosophy and Political Science courses in the months and years to come, but we'll continue the course previews series with the first shared all-Hippos course, Applied Humanities Seminar. For its debut semester … Continue reading Course Previews: Applied Humanities Seminar – Health Care

Welcome Back to Bethel, Hilary Ritchie ’13

While we're glad to send our graduates down career paths that may lead them far from Bethel, it's also a joy to have alumni come back to campus to work with new generations of students. So join us in welcoming back to Bethel Hilary Ritchie, who will join the Christian Formation and Church Relations team … Continue reading Welcome Back to Bethel, Hilary Ritchie ’13

What Can You Do with a History Major? Become President of the United States

Earlier today, the Associated Press, Fox News, CNN, and other major news organizations formally called the presidential election for Democratic nominee Joe Biden. Assuming that result holds up after any recounts or legal challenges (2020 is still 2020, after all), Biden will become the 46th president of the United States on January 20, 2021. He'll … Continue reading What Can You Do with a History Major? Become President of the United States

Chris Pappadackis and family

Congratulations, Chris Pappadackis ’08!

This week Bethel is featuring a profile of Chris Pappadackis, a History and Social Studies Education major who graduated from Bethel in 2008. A social studies teacher for Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg schools, a couple hours west of Minneapolis, Chris was named Minnesota's 2020 participant in the James Madison Fellows program, which supports "the graduate study of American … Continue reading Congratulations, Chris Pappadackis ’08!

The Calling of Historians: Essie Shull ’23

Before we say farewell to a spring semester unlike any other, I'd like to share some student work from HIS290 Introduction to History. This year I had students conclude our gateway course by writing a thousand-word essay in response to this question: What does history have to do with your calling? After watching this interview … Continue reading The Calling of Historians: Essie Shull ’23

One More Reminder That Humanities Can Prepare You for Medical School

Most often, students interested in medical careers assume that they need to major in a science like biology or chemistry. While those are often good options — certainly the most popular ones — it's also possible to prepare for medical school by taking science and math prerequisites alongside a humanities major like History. Just ask … Continue reading One More Reminder That Humanities Can Prepare You for Medical School

A History Major, Plus… Military Service

In recent years, Bethel has increasingly been recognized as a good option for students who are in the military, or veterans of it. For example, this year the Department of Veterans Affairs again designated Bethel as a "Yellow Ribbon" school, which allows veterans to use their G.I. Bill benefits to attend the university for little … Continue reading A History Major, Plus… Military Service