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The History minor is designed for students who enjoy studying the past and are interested in gaining skills in critical thinking, research, and communication. With only one required course, it's flexible — a great complement to majors as diverse as business, physics, and English.

Why should I study history?

Studying history allows you to equip yourself for the future. You’ll learn to understand and relate with people from a wide variety of cultures and religions. You’ll prepare yourself to make informed choices as consumers and voters. And you’ll learn how to learn, whether that means getting another degree, adding skills for a new job, or more informal lifelong learning.

Studying history will also help you grow as the person God wants you to be. As you study others, you’ll become more humble, hospitable, curious, and comfortable with complexity.

What can I do with this degree?

A History minor can enhance any major field. And as you look to the job market, you'll not only have useful skills, but a distinctive resume that sets you apart from other candidates (as this 2010 graduate said of his Physics major/History minor degree).

What skills will I develop?

  • Research
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Teamwork
  • Critical thinking
  • How to find patterns in data
  • Evaluating sources and arguments
  • Understanding causation and context
  • Documentary filmmaking
  • Podcasting
  • Blogging
  • Digital preservation

What unique experiences or opportunities will I have?

  • Learn about teaching, administration, and research as a departmental teaching assistant
  • Working in our archives or digital library
  • Partner with a professor on a summer research project, and conduct your own original research in local or digital archives 

Read the Blog

Bethel History Department Blog

Keep up with department announcements, alumni news, and interesting history tidbits.

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