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!

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!

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!

Jefferson Memorial at dusk

What Can You Do With a History Major? Work in Washington, DC

I'm in Washington this week to conduct research at the Library of Congress. But while I'm here, I thought I'd reconnect with a few of our alumni working in and around DC. The scene last night at an Italian bistro near Capitol Hill: Going clockwise from the bottom-left, allow me to introduce: Andy Burmeister '04, … Continue reading What Can You Do With a History Major? Work in Washington, DC

Middle schoolers in Micayla Moore's cultures elective course

Alumni Teaching Roundtable: Grad School and Final Advice

Today we wrap up our three-part alumni conversation on teaching in middle and high school. Thanks once more to our outstanding panelists: Micayla Moore '16, Kelly Van Wyk '15, Daniel Rimmereid '15, Zach Haskins '14, and Joe Held '13. Have you started work on a master's degree? How did you pick the school and program? … Continue reading Alumni Teaching Roundtable: Grad School and Final Advice

Map of Bethel History alumni in grad school

Check Out a Map of Our Alumni in Grad School

Among its many other benefits, a Bethel History major is terrific preparation for anyone likely to continue their education in a graduate or professional program. Our graduates are well prepared for the rigorous reading, research, critical thinking, and writing required in advanced levels of education. While a few of our alumni have continued further with … Continue reading Check Out a Map of Our Alumni in Grad School

Hard, But Important Advice for Those Thinking about Grad School in History

Last year we hosted a multi-part interview with three of our alumni who have either finished a PhD in History or are nearing the end of their doctoral programs. As the last post in that series emphasized, those who are considering this track need to be aware of the realities of the job market for new … Continue reading Hard, But Important Advice for Those Thinking about Grad School in History

An Alum at the American Historical Association

Thanks to Fletcher Warren '15 for sharing this report on his experience earlier this month at the annual meeting of the world's largest professional society for historians. A couple of weeks ago, I jetted off to sunny Atlanta for the 130th Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association (AHA). The AHA Annual Meeting is the largest … Continue reading An Alum at the American Historical Association

From AC 2nd to… The Principal’s Office

As many of us already know, quite a few history majors end up working in education (about 25% in elementary or secondary education and 13% in higher education.) However, that doesn't just mean teaching: several of our history alumni are currently serving as school administrators. Today, Dave Lutz '07 and Bart Becker '01 tell us about … Continue reading From AC 2nd to… The Principal’s Office

Joylynn at Stonehenge

From AC 2nd to… Social Work

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 … Continue reading From AC 2nd to… Social Work