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 prepare for the future. They also learn to view their lives within a larger framework as citizens of the world – a world in which they can truly make a difference.
The program emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach to learning, helps 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 time here with a senior thesis or practicum that emphasizes intellectual depth, versatile problem solving, creativity, and practical action. Concordia history graduates are making a positive difference in a variety of careers, becoming lawyers, teachers, museum curators, researchers, journalists, archivists, and information managers, as well as continuing on to graduate school.
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