• History Program

    As ancient Roman philosopher Cicero proclaimed, “History is the witness that testifies to the passing of time. It illuminates reality, vitalizes memory, provides guidance in daily life, and brings us tidings of antiquity.” Thousands of years later his words still ring true. As a history student, you will study, analyze, and interpret the past in an effort to inform the present and the future. You will be exposed to a wide variety of disciplines and will develop the critical thinking, writing, and research skills sought out by a broad range of employers.

    The history department expects majors to master the close analysis of texts and context, to evaluate and gather evidence, and to frame coherent and persuasive arguments and explanations for individual and social actions and world events. The program builds on introductory survey courses, which lead to topical upper-level courses, methodology courses, and senior seminars. Extensive course offerings allow students to choose from U.S. and European history to Latin American, Asian, Russian and Eastern European, and world history among many other topics.

    A senior seminar course serves as a capstone experience and an opportunity for students to polish their skills and experience while producing a significant historical research paper. Outstanding students may choose to write a senior honors essay rather than taking the senior seminar. Such students work with a faculty advisor to write a significant research paper based on primary source materials. It is common for students to present their findings at national conferences, where they also network with professionals in the field. Such experience is highly valued by graduate schools.

    Because of the interdisciplinary nature of the history major, any minor based on a student’s interests and career goals would be a suitable accompaniment. Study abroad also is encouraged, and the department sponsors history-specific experiences for majors -- recently to Greece and countries within the European Union. Internships are stressed, as the Twin Cities offers countless opportunities for students to gain practical experience. Local historical societies, the Minnesota History Museum, the Gibbs Farm Museum, the Hamline-Midway History Corps, and the Minnesota History Theatre are just some of the many internship opportunities available.

    A degree in history is extremely versatile and prepares students for a wide range of careers, including: 

    Teachers and professors 
    Arts administration 
    Foreign Service agents 
    Judicial clerks 
    Legislative analyst 
    Marketing professional 
    Business executive

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    HIST 1400: Introduction to Latin American History 

    This course exposes students to the key developments in the histories of the European, African, Asian, and Amerindian peoples whose interactions created the history of the New World after 1492 and resulted in the emergence of independent nations between 1812 and 1898. 

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    Hamline history majors who volunteer for the Hamline-Midway History Corps are getting to know the history of the neighborhoods surrounding Hamline where they live, shop, eat, and recreate. Current projects include Neighborhood History through Maps, Railroad History, Snelling Avenue Businesses, and oral histories.

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