Understanding the Present by Exploring the Past
Famed 19th century French writer and politician Alphonse de Lamartine once said, “History teaches us everything, including the future.” Having spent time teaching and touring abroad, Concordia faculty bring a strong international perspective to the history degree program. Students learn to understand the past, live in the present, and shape the future. They also learn to view their lives within a larger framework as citizens of the world – a world in which they can make a significant difference.
The history program at Concordia emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach to learning, helping students develop a broad range of applicable intellectual skills – such as critical thinking, inquiry, and analysis – and encourages action in the world based on the principles students explore in their studies. Students conclude their program with a senior thesis or practicum that emphasizes intellectual depth, versatile problem solving, creativity, and practical action.
Individuals pursuing a history degree become skilled in applying lessons of the past to help resolve current problems and issues. They develop analytical and organizational skills useful in many careers. Concordia history graduates are making a positive difference as lawyers, teachers, museum curators, researchers, journalists, archivists, and information managers, as well as continuing on to graduate school. Frequently history majors pursue careers in politics, media, marketing, public relations, advocacy and public policy.
At Concordia, the small, discussion-based class environment fosters an ongoing dialog between faculty and fellow students. Mentoring relationships with faculty help maximize individual learning. As a faith-based university, students learn to look at historic events through a Lutheran lens of analytical thought, the ability to question, and a commitment to serve. What’s more, students become adept at critical thinking, analysis, problem resolution, and effective communication — skills that help them transform the world through a wide range of career options.
- Nationally and internationally famous speakers, field trips to historic and cultural sites, and internships help open possibilities for student study and service
- Concordia faculty lead national and international trips (such as to Greece, Belize, the Civil Rights South) and students are encouraged to participate in various study-abroad programs offered through the school
- Novels, film, and other cultural artifacts put historical events in context, creating a more in-depth learning experience
“The education I received as a history major at Concordia will be of great value to me for the rest of my life. The professors are incredibly knowledgeable and really have a passion for teaching. My passion for history has only become stronger after my experience at Concordia.” – Marika Adams ’12
How a college degree pays off
Among the most frequently asked questions from potential college students and their parents deals with career opportunities. “Can I get a job in that field?” and “What are the salary ranges?”
It is difficult to answer either question with specifics. Securing a job in any field depends on many factors, including the strength of the economy, market trends in specific job markets and skills of the college graduate in relationship to other job applicants.
The Wall Street Journal recently published an article (May 7, 2015) on college degrees and income. Melissa Korn states, “On average, college graduates earn about $1 million more in their lifetimes than do adults who only completed high school.” But you need to drill deeper into the details to understand how educational decisions can impact potential earnings. While you need a subscription to the WSJ to read the entire article, you can watch a video on their website to grasp the scope of the story (click "wsj.com/TheShortAnswer" in the lower right corner of the graph). Click HERE for the earnings graph by discipline. The complete report from the Center on Education and the Workforce from Georgetown University can be accessed here: The College Payoff: Education, Occupations, Lifetime Earnings.
In addition, PayScale provides a college salary report as to how different majors and degrees potentially affect lifetime earnings. Click on the "Major Grouping" to the left of the graph and drag your mouse over the various lines on the graph to highlight specific majors/disciplines and median earnings potential. The graph compares different degree levels along with years in the workforce. Salary information is collected by PayScale through online surveys.
Thanks for considering a degree from Concordia University Portland. We provide high quality instruction across programs to equip our graduates to transform society.