Meet Our New Social Media TA: Essie Shull

In recent years, I've often used my teaching assistant to help with the History Department's social media activities, a tradition I'm continuing with the new Department of History, Philosophy, and Political Science. I'm thrilled to be working with Essie Shull '23, who was kind enough to answer a few questions about herself by way of … Continue reading Meet Our New Social Media TA: Essie Shull

Hippo Alumni in the (Bethel) News

We'll be saying more about our alumni soon, but if you want to get some sense for what History, Philosophy, and Political Science students have gone on to do with their Bethel degrees, just check out these recent Hippo-related stories at Bethel News: Diba Domínguez '20 Combat medic, U.S. Army "Domínguez decided to attend Bethel … Continue reading Hippo Alumni in the (Bethel) News

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One Trend for 2020: Hiring History Majors!

Every year since 2013, business author Dan Schawbel has shared 10 workplace trends he expects to see in the coming year. One of his 2020 predictions should especially interest current and prospective Bethel students who wonder what you can do with a liberal arts major like History: The return of the liberal arts major. AI [artificial … Continue reading One Trend for 2020: Hiring History Majors!

Apply for a Full Scholarship to Study History at Bethel

If you're a high school student who would like to study history or a related field at one of the best Christian universities in the country, check out Bethel's new Arts and Humanities Scholarships — one for full tuition, three more for $10,000 each, and all renewable for up to a total of four years. … Continue reading Apply for a Full Scholarship to Study History at Bethel

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Why It’s Okay to Be Undecided about Your College Major

Historically, about half of the History majors and minors at Bethel choose that path in their second year or later. So we want to echo the words of Bethel student Katie Johnson, who wrote an open letter this week to incoming students who feel pressured to declare a major as soon as possible: Some people … Continue reading Why It’s Okay to Be Undecided about Your College Major

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Alumni Teaching Roundtable: Picking a Major (or Two)

One of the historic strengths of our department has been preparing middle and high school social studies teachers — both through the multidisciplinary Social Studies Ed 5-12 major that we coordinate with the Education department and through our own History programs. (Here's a current map of teaching placements.) To get an inside view of that … Continue reading Alumni Teaching Roundtable: Picking a Major (or Two)

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

Connor Larson, History major, Asian Studies minor, and double-plus good citizen.

Meet Our Majors: Connor Larson ’17

Connor Larson is a junior-level transfer student, majoring in History and minoring in Asian Studies. He also plans on spending the coming spring semester in China through the Best Semester program. When he isn't drowning in the sea of reading that is the study of history, he enjoys biking in our lovely Midwestern climate, making … Continue reading Meet Our Majors: Connor Larson ’17

Meet Our Majors: Emma Beecken ’16

Throughout the semester, I will be interviewing a variety of history students, alumni, and professors, with the goal of answering the question: what can be done with a history major? To begin, we will be looking into some insights provided by Emma Beecken '16, who has majors in both the History and Education departments. This … Continue reading Meet Our Majors: Emma Beecken ’16

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

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, … Continue reading Good Advice for Picking a Major: Don’t Be “Practical”