Do you think that studying history only prepares you to talk about wars and presidents? Think again. In the Department of History at Bethel, students cultivate versatile life skills like research, analysis, communication, and critical thinking that help them to succeed in a variety of careers.
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Understanding Our Interconnected World
In Bethel’s Department of History, you’ll study everything from ancient Rome to modern America, exploring significant social, cultural, religious, and political developments from the past. Professors provide personal attention as you make original contributions to scholarship. Plus, you’ll be in close proximity to excellent local archives such as the Minnesota History Center. Our campus archives also provide a way to get hands-on experience cataloguing documents and artifacts relevant to our university and the denomination with which we’re affiliated. And if you want to study farther afield, our study abroad opportunities provide a way to analyze the interconnectedness of our larger world. You’ll leave prepared for global citizenship, influenced by an intelligent, Christ-centered faith. It’s about taking our faith in Christ and integrating it into everything we learn, into everything we do, so we can accomplish incredible things—in our careers, in our communities, and in our world.
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Relationships with faculty
Our friendly department and class sizes make it easy to get to know professors who are committed to advising, mentoring, and discipleship.
Creativity in teaching
Our professors are passionate, innovative teachers and campus leaders in team-teaching and the use of classroom technology and new media.
Personal attention and excellent local archives allow our students to make original contributions to scholarship.
Student teaching assistants work closely with faculty and gain valuable experience in teaching, research, or administration. Or you can apply for internships in local archives and libraries like the Minnesota Historical Society, the Minnesota History Center, and Archives of the BGC and Bethel University directed by our own Professor Diana Magnuson.
Being able to focus on the big picture, while still knowing how the small details relate to that big picture, is a huge advantage in business, and something that studies in history can train one to do.–Brandon Raatikka
History majors are perhaps more prevalent in the corporate world than you think. The habits of research, writing and critical thinking built from a history degree are vital in any field. The ability to critically evaluate sources is particularly valuable.–Tim Goddard
What can I do with a history or social studies education 5-12 major?
History or social studies education 5-12 majors are critical thinkers, interested in how the past shapes and informs the present. Their broad range of skills—including research, communication, and critical thinking—have prepared them for careers in law, education, ministry, and more.
Our history majors work as:
- Educators (especially as social studies teachers in middle and high schools)
- Business people and non-profit employees
- Pastoral ministers
- Lawyers, civil servants, and politicians
- Journalists and writers
- Librarians, archivists, and museum curators
Our alumni attend:
- Columbia University
- University of Michigan
- University of Edinburgh
- Rice University
- University of Virginia
- University of Wisconsin
- George Washington University
- University of North Carolina
- University of Iowa
- Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
- Regent College
- Bethel Seminary
Our alumni study:
- International relations
- Library science