Some of Bethel's majors

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

Recent Bethel Alumni Teaching History

Summer is winding down for our Social Studies Education alumni preparing to return to their teaching jobs this fall.  Joining the numerous veterans will be Andrew Fort '18, who has a full-time position at Greenway Public Schools in Coleridge, Minnesota. Christina Sibileva '18 has also recently accepted a teaching job at Highview Middle School (part … Continue reading Recent Bethel Alumni Teaching History

Christina Sibileva on the Semester at Sea ship

Studying Abroad… at Sea

Today we're happy to revive our occasional series featuring students who have spent a semester abroad. Christina Sibileva '18 is a Social Studies Education 5-12 major and History minor; she was kind enough to answer some questions about her experience of the unique Semester at Sea program. How’d you decide to major in Social Studies Ed? Was … Continue reading Studying Abroad… at Sea

Kelly Van Wyk teaching

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)

Reflections on GW: AnneMarie Kooistra

The Faculty Senate President asked me to do devotions for our Faculty Senate meetings today, because, as he said, "I'm hoping you might be willing to say a few words about G. W."  Here are my few words: In their first years here, Bethel students are encouraged to learn about the past—in part—to see their … Continue reading Reflections on GW: AnneMarie Kooistra

Map of Bethel History/Social Studies alumni teaching

Where Are Our Alumni Teaching?

Something like a quarter of Bethel students who graduate with a degree in History or Social Studies Education end up working for secondary or elementary schools. Most teach subjects like US and world history, government, psychology, and economics in middle and high school, while a few have moved into special education or administrative roles. Many wear a second hat … Continue reading Where Are Our Alumni Teaching?

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

Danny Jaderholm's Soccer pictures reveal his previous affinity for long hair.

Meet Our Majors: Danny Jaderholm ’17

Danny Jaderholm is a junior from Chicago with a History and Social Studies Education Grades 5-12 double-major. He is also a forward for the Bethel Men's Soccer Team. Last year, Danny's hair was featured in the Royal Report, but, tragically, he has since made the decision to cut it off. When and how did you make the … Continue reading Meet Our Majors: Danny Jaderholm ’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

Teaching Award for Bethel Social Studies Ed Alum

Congratulations to our alumna Emily Anderson '04, recently given the Economic Educator Excellence Award by the Minnesota Council on Economics Education after previously being a finalist for the state Teacher of the Year award. After several changes of major while a student at Bethel, Anderson found a home in the Social Studies Education 5-12 program and went on … Continue reading Teaching Award for Bethel Social Studies Ed Alum