Chris at the North West Fur Trading Company historic site

What’s New in 2014-2015? Curriculum and Courses

This year's crop of History majors and minors at Bethel will be the first to experience a curriculum that's been significantly revised. While our programs remain small (about 36 credits for the major, half that for the minor) and flexible (mostly giving students choices within categories), it's been updated in several important ways: Probably the most notable change is that … Continue reading What’s New in 2014-2015? Curriculum and Courses

Books on writing

Why Major (or Minor) in History? Employers Want Good Writers!

This isn't really news if you've been paying attention to recent surveys of employers, but it's worth seeing again — this time from business cable network CNBC: (H/T Kevin McGrew) Can you tell a pronoun from a participle; use commas correctly in long sentences; describe the difference between its and it's? If not, you have … Continue reading Why Major (or Minor) in History? Employers Want Good Writers!

Our Mission and Objectives (part 3)

In the first post in this series, we looked at our department's revised mission statement, adopted last August. I closed that post by noting that we left the mission statement itself without explicit reference to Christianity, since it would be followed by two objectives that make our religious commitments eminently clear. Last time we looked … Continue reading Our Mission and Objectives (part 3)

Our Mission and Objectives (part 2)

In the first post in this series, we looked at our department's revised mission statement, adopted last August. I closed that post by noting that we left the mission statement itself without explicit reference to Christianity, since it would be followed by two objectives that make our religious commitments eminently clear. Today we'll look at … Continue reading Our Mission and Objectives (part 2)

Our Mission and Objectives (part 1)

So sometime last spring we realized that it had been over forty years since the Bethel History Department substantially revised its mission statement and program description. Yes, our mission statement was older than Bethel's current campus, and dated back to the Nixon Administration (at least). Now, as historians, we don't necessarily have a problem with … Continue reading Our Mission and Objectives (part 1)