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.” Using a strong international perspective from the studies and experiences of Concordia faculty, our history degree program encourages students to understand the past, to live in the present, and to prepare for the future. They learn to see their lives within a larger framework as citizens in a global village where they can make a difference.
The program emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach to learning, helps students develop broadly 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, emphasizing intellectual depth, versatile problem solving and communication skills, and real-life experience. depth of intellectual understanding, creativity, and practical action. Concordia history graduates are making a positive difference in a variety of careers.
At Concordia, the small, discussion-based class environment fosters an ongoing dialog between faculty and fellow students engaged in a learning community. Mentoring relationships with faculty help maximize individual learning. And 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