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

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!

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

Katie and Jimmy Thostenson

Congratulations to the Doctors Thostenson!

We'd like to interrupt our usual summer hiatus long enough to congratulate two former students — two siblings! — who have recently completed PhD's in their respective fields. • Katie Thostenson '05 earned her doctorate in classics from the University of Edinburgh for her examination of the historical context of the early Christian apologist Tertullian, … Continue reading Congratulations to the Doctors Thostenson!

University of Michigan Law School

Alumni Law Roundtable: From Law School to a Legal Career

Today we conclude our roundtable discussion with History alumni-turned-attorneys Wade Adamson '09, Gina Schulz '07, and Aaron Thom '08. In part one they recalled how they decided to study law. Today: applying to law school, and how Aaron, Gina, and Wade got where they are in their careers. What advice would you give students who … Continue reading Alumni Law Roundtable: From Law School to a Legal Career

Mondale Hall, University of Minnesota

Alumni Law Roundtable: From Bethel to Law School

In addition to spotlighting individual alumni who have taken various career paths, occasionally we like to host a kind of roundtable discussion with alumni from a single field. In the past we've talked to former students who have gone into graduate school in history and into middle/high school teaching. This week we're excited to hear … Continue reading Alumni Law Roundtable: From Bethel to Law School

Annie Berglund in Seoul

Welcome Back to Bethel, Prof. Annie Berglund!

When HIS205U History of China, Korea, and Japan meets for the first time tonight, its professor will be making a return to our department: Annie Berglund graduated summa cum laude from Bethel in 2013 with a double-major in History and Social Studies Education. After teaching middle school for two years, Annie moved to Seoul in 2016 to earn a … Continue reading Welcome Back to Bethel, Prof. Annie Berglund!