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History Education (B.A.)
History is more than names and dates; rather, it's the critical study of the stories, conflicts, and ideas that make us who we are today. As a History major at Kansas Wesleyan University, you will study history in the context of KWU's liberal arts environment. This doesn't mean that we tell you what to think: quite the contrary. Courses stress both individual and group analysis and discussion, leading to a mastery of the processes through which history unfolds. Consistent with the mission of the university, we foster a "lively discussion of faith and values, encouraging students to develop a thoughtful, personal worldview informed by the Christian tradition."
Why study History Education at KWU? You will inspire and teach young minds!
KWU's History Department professors are passionately interested in their subject and their students' learning. The one-on-one attention you receive will help you develop analytical abilities and reading and writing skills as well as help you establish a successful career path that you're passionate about.
What can I do with a degree in History Education?
This is an opportunity to educate young minds and cause them to learn, contemplate and brood over the human condition. If history is taught in an engaging way, it can inspire teens to explore the significance of past events and personalities, and to relate those to their own lives. The knowledge of a subject like history gives each person the wisdom to consider one's life in a broader context. It expands the student's world and shapes his or her worldview, and dares them to avoid the patterns of the past that ended in failure and to pursue bigger dreams and do greater things in their lives. That is part of the civic awareness-building and morality-shaping field to which History Education majors can contribute.
History graduates are valued not only for their ability to write well, but also for their proficiency in analyzing information, viewing problems within a larger context without losing sight of important details, and understanding the complexities of change over time. In addition, admissions committees for graduate schools, law schools, and other professional programs have long appreciated the skills and knowledge that applicants with history backgrounds bring to other fields of inquiry. Of course, for those hoping to pursue careers within the historical profession (college history professor, social studies teacher, archivist, curator, information manager, consultant, genealogist, etc.), a history degree is indispensable.
For more information, contact Dr. Mike Russell, associate professor and chair of the Department of History, or call 785-833-4358. For additional information about Teacher Education, please contact Martha Bray, or call 785-833-4356.