Bethel University Department of History

Bethel University Department of History Offering undergraduate degrees in History, Social Studies Education, and Digital Humanities as part of a Christian liberal arts college.

We've had a few sets of siblings come through our department, but this is probably the first time two such alumni both w...
06/27/2019
Congratulations to the Doctors Thostenson!

We've had a few sets of siblings come through our department, but this is probably the first time two such alumni both went on to earn doctorates. Congratulations to Katie Thostenson '05, PhD and James Thostenson '10, PhD!

We’d like to interrupt our usual summer hiatus long enough to congratulate two former students — two siblings! — who have recently completed PhD’s in their respective fields. • Katie Th…

How our alumni can help welcome a new class of Bethel University students.
06/13/2019

How our alumni can help welcome a new class of Bethel University students.

We cannot wait for Bethel University Welcome Week! We want to extend the royalist of welcomes to our new students and we need your help to do that!

We’re asking all alumni to consider writing a “welcome to Bethel” note to a new undergraduate student. Students will receive these notes when they arrive this fall. Do you have time to share a piece of encouragement or advice to a new Royal?

📝: bethel.edu/alumni/get-involved/Alumni%20Notes/

Beyond the Archive | Perspectives on History | AHA
06/06/2019
Beyond the Archive | Perspectives on History | AHA

Beyond the Archive | Perspectives on History | AHA

Perspectives Daily Beyond the Archive What GIS Mapping Reveals about German POWs in Soviet Russia Susan Grunewald | Feb 26, 2019 The Soviet government kept roughly 1.5 million German POWs in forced-labor camps after the end of World War II through 1956. The POWs constituted the largest and longest h...

As of noon today, the History and Political Science faculty are completely moved out of our offices on AC 2nd. We’ll b...
05/29/2019

As of noon today, the History and Political Science faculty are completely moved out of our offices on AC 2nd. We’ll be moving up to new digs on CC 4th, while the Education department relocates to the former Seminary building and new engineering and physics labs take our place in the AC building.

As far as we know, AC 2nd has been the home of the History department as long as Bethel has been on Lake Valentine. Any favorite memories of that space, alumni and students?

Back from sabbatical for spring commencement, Dr. Poppinga needed some help with her new doctoral regalia.
05/25/2019

Back from sabbatical for spring commencement, Dr. Poppinga needed some help with her new doctoral regalia.

We’ll say more about our History and Social Studies Ed grads soon, but today we also want to honor a Spanish/Elementar...
05/25/2019

We’ll say more about our History and Social Studies Ed grads soon, but today we also want to honor a Spanish/Elementary Education student: Kathryn Magnuson, who not only walked across the Benson Great Hall stage this morning but played flute and delivered the senior class reflection, paying tribute to her mom, Dr. Diana Magnuson, in her comments.

Tomorrow we’ll graduate another class of Bethel University History and Social Studies Ed majors. Read Dr. Kooistra’s...
05/24/2019

Tomorrow we’ll graduate another class of Bethel University History and Social Studies Ed majors. Read Dr. Kooistra’s tribute to the class of 2019 at our blog, bethelhistory.wordpress.com.

If you’ve been reading the news from Bethel University this month, you’ve probably encountered several of our alumni...
05/21/2019
What You Can Do With a History Major… As Seen in Bethel News

If you’ve been reading the news from Bethel University this month, you’ve probably encountered several of our alumni - including Lauren Peffley ‘09, a social worker whose historical studies helped nurture her passion for social justice.

What can you do with a History major? Just read about our four alumni who have featured in Bethel media stories this month: • A social worker at the International Institute of St. Louis, Lauren Pef…

05/20/2019

Tonight at 6pm in CC 430: night 2 of our Senior Seminar presentations, featuring Collin Barrett, Brendan Veary, Caitlan Hart, Phia Carlson, Zach Meinerts, and Kyle Kilgore.

One of several of our alumni to feature in the newest issue of Bethel Magazine: Lauren Peffley '09.
05/16/2019

One of several of our alumni to feature in the newest issue of Bethel Magazine: Lauren Peffley '09.

Just years after the end of Soviet occupation, Lauren Peffley ’09 witnessed Ukrainian children living without electricity or running water and generations of families living in one apartment. That experience inspired her to dedicate her life to social justice, working with AmeriCorps, International Justice Mission, and The Set Free Movement. Meet Lauren: ow.ly/1Phe30oKFts

05/14/2019

That's a wrap! We'll have six more presentations next Monday (5/20) starting at 6pm. If you'd like to join us, we'll be in CC 430 — across the hall from our future departmental home (CC 429).

05/14/2019

Our closing presentation is by Luke Sherry, who has studied history, biology, and chemistry (and spent a semester in Scotland!) in his preparation for medical school. To end his career as a History major, Luke went back to the story of his home state and researched the lives of lumber men in 19th century Wisconsin.

05/14/2019

#5 is another of our students who has been working at the Minnesota Historical Society this year: Nelson Menjivar. For his Senior Seminar project, Nelson completed an oral history of the bloody civil war fought in his native El Salvador.

05/14/2019

We're back from a snack break to continue tonight's round of Senior Sem presentation. Leading off: Art History major Haley Johnson Shearer, who has been researching the history of the dime museum when she wasn't working her digitization job at the Minnesota Historical Society.

05/13/2019

#3 is yet another of our double-majors: Andrew Zwart, who is completing studies in both History and Biokinetics. After taking our Cold War class last fall, Drew decided he wanted to learn more about Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev and his role in that country's political transition after the 1953 death of Josef Stalin.

05/13/2019

We continue with Justin Brecheisen, who has been working on Bethel's digital library when he's not running cross-country/track and double-majoring in Business and History. Justin studied the Gunnison Massacre of 1853 and what it revealed about the complicated relationship among Mormons, Native Americans, and the U.S. government on the eve of the Civil War.

05/13/2019

We'll start with Logan Olson, History and Political Science major, presenting his paper on "The Five Tribes: A Fight for Sovereignty and Freedom in the American Civil War."

05/13/2019

Our Senior Seminar students will be presenting their projects this week and next. We'll have highlights here from all six of tonight's presentations, starting around 6pm.

The newest addition to the Live from AC2nd podcast network: History professor AnneMarie Kooistra and Philosophy professo...
05/07/2019
Our Newest Podcast: Bookish

The newest addition to the Live from AC2nd podcast network: History professor AnneMarie Kooistra and Philosophy professor Carrie Peffley talk about some of the books that they teach in Bethel's Humanities Program.

We’re excited to announce the debut of Bookish @ Bethel, a new podcast on the Live from AC2nd network! Featuring our own Prof. AnneMarie Kooistra and Philosophy professor Carrie Peffley, Book…

See, you really can do *anything* with a History major.
05/03/2019
Japan's new emperor: Who is Naruhito? | DW | 01.05.2019

See, you really can do *anything* with a History major.

Japan's newly crowned emperor, Naruhito, has said he wants to continue the work of his father in bringing the monarchy closer to the people. But he faces personal and public challenges. Martin Fritz reports.

Bethel University Alumni
04/30/2019

Bethel University Alumni

It's one day we set aside for Royals everywhere to celebrate Bethel, give back, and make a difference. Join us tomorrow for #BURoarDay!

Learn More: bethel.edu/roar-day

Images and audio from this weekend's Minnesota Undergraduate History Symposium, where 12 of our students joined over thi...
04/29/2019
Highlights from the 2019 Minnesota Undergraduate History Symposium

Images and audio from this weekend's Minnesota Undergraduate History Symposium, where 12 of our students joined over thirty peers from 11 other colleges and universities to present their historical research.

Over the weekend, we had the pleasure of hosting the 6th annual Minnesota Undergraduate History Symposium, which drew students and faculty from twelve church-related colleges and universities in Mi…

We’re underway at the 2019 Minnesota Undergraduate History Symposium! After a keynote by Minnesota Historical Society ...
04/27/2019

We’re underway at the 2019 Minnesota Undergraduate History Symposium! After a keynote by Minnesota Historical Society director Kent Whitworth, we moved to the first set of student panels. One of the first Bethel presenters is Nelson Menjivar, sharing an oral history of the civil war in his native El Salvador. We’ll also have afternoon panels at 12:30 and 2:00.

We're making last-minute preparations for hosting the 2019 Minnesota Undergraduate History Symposium tomorrow! In additi...
04/26/2019

We're making last-minute preparations for hosting the 2019 Minnesota Undergraduate History Symposium tomorrow! In addition to guests from 11 other church-related colleges and universities in Minnesota and Iowa, our department will be well represented by 12 students presenting their Senior Seminar research. Here's one of the more Bethel-heavy panels on the schedule.

Learn how you can support the work of our students and faculty by participating in Bethel University's annual ROAR Day (...
04/24/2019
Next Tuesday: Bethel ROAR Day

Learn how you can support the work of our students and faculty by participating in Bethel University's annual ROAR Day (next Tuesday, April 30).

One week from today Bethel is holding its annual ROAR Day, a 24-hour fundraising marathon that aims to show the breadth and strength of Bethel alumni, family, and friends. Funds raised go to the un…

From our friend Chris Moore, international relations professor and chair of the Political Science Department.
04/23/2019
Bethel University Clarion

From our friend Chris Moore, international relations professor and chair of the Political Science Department.

"What I hope makes us different is the small words. The little words we don’t pay that much attention to; words that make all the difference in the world."

Read Dr. Moore's opinion piece below!

Photo | Brianna Shaw

As Christians around the world mark Good Friday, Prof. Gehrz invites us to consider how the Crucifixion featured in the ...
04/19/2019
The Crucifixions of the World Wars

As Christians around the world mark Good Friday, Prof. Gehrz invites us to consider how the Crucifixion featured in the art, music, and poetry of the two world wars.

As Christians prepare for Good Friday, Chris considers how the Crucifixion helped Europeans make meaning of the two world wars.

Just in case you haven't already heard the news...
04/17/2019
We’re Moving!

Just in case you haven't already heard the news...

That’s right, we’re going to need a new name for this blog. As of this summer, the History Department will leave its longtime home on AC 2nd and relocate to CC 4th, where we’ll jo…

Part of our WWI group in Paris in 2015.We'll be back again in 2021... and we'll return to Notre-Dame de Paris.
04/16/2019

Part of our WWI group in Paris in 2015.

We'll be back again in 2021... and we'll return to Notre-Dame de Paris.

Check out our course offerings for Fall 2019, including all three Modern surveys (America, Europe, and Middle East) and ...
04/15/2019
Previewing Our Fall 2019 Courses

Check out our course offerings for Fall 2019, including all three Modern surveys (America, Europe, and Middle East) and the official debut of Advanced Digital Humanities.

Tonight Bethel students will start registering for courses next fall. Here’s what’s History faculty will be teaching in FA19: HIS200L American Civilization (AnneMarie Kooistra) HIS210U …

Our professors are part of the multidisciplinary group of faculty teaching Inquiry Seminar, a new gen ed course at Bethe...
04/12/2019
Introducing Inquiry Seminar

Our professors are part of the multidisciplinary group of faculty teaching Inquiry Seminar, a new gen ed course at Bethel University that introduces students to the liberal arts in the Christian tradition.

One of the newest courses in Bethel’s general education curriculum is GES160 Inquiry Seminar (or “IQ”). Replacing the older College Writing and Introduction to Liberal Arts course…

"With this vision of the diverse Kingdom of God in mind," writes our colleague Ruben Rivera, "remarkable Christians work...
04/02/2019
Diversity, Shalom, and Remarkable Christianity (Ruben Rivera)

"With this vision of the diverse Kingdom of God in mind," writes our colleague Ruben Rivera, "remarkable Christians work toward and anticipate with unbridled joy that final state of shalom, where there will no longer be any curse, and where there shall be that blessed community of people from every language, ethnicity, and nation under God’s just and loving rule that will have no end."

Today I’m happy to welcome my Bethel colleague Ruben Rivera to the blog. Educated at Vanguard University, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and Boston University, Ruben came to Bethel in 1…

03/28/2019
Live From AC2nd: Thinking in Public: A live podcast

Watch Profs. Mulberry and Gehrz reflect on podcasting, blogging, and the value of scholars "thinking in public" — video of their talk this past Tuesday at the Bethel University Library.

Much of what college professors do remains hidden from the view of the larger public, leading to misunderstanding and detachment. In this presentation, Profs...

Check out the program for the 2019 Minnesota Undergraduate History Symposium, coming back to Bethel University on Saturd...
03/28/2019
What’s Coming Up at the 2019 Minnesota Undergraduate History Symposium

Check out the program for the 2019 Minnesota Undergraduate History Symposium, coming back to Bethel University on Saturday, April 27th. We'll have 45 student presenters from 12 colleges and universities, plus keynote speaker Kent Whitworth, executive director and CEO of the Minnesota Historical Society.

I’m very happy to share the draft program for the 6th annual Minnesota Undergraduate History Symposium, which is now less than a month away: Saturday, April 27th. Here’s the full MUHS 2…

Today at The Anxious Bench, Prof. Chris Gehrz reflects on American atrocities in World War II, a troubling topic at the ...
03/19/2019
“No heart would remain unstained”: The Atrocities of WWII

Today at The Anxious Bench, Prof. Chris Gehrz reflects on American atrocities in World War II, a troubling topic at the intersection of his teaching (HIS231L World War II) and research (a new biography of Charles Lindbergh, who flew combat missions against Japanese forces in 1944).

What should we make of the atrocities committed by American soldiers against Japanese, Italian, and German prisoners during World War II? Chris considers how even "good" wars corrode the human soul.

The conclusion to our alumni roundtable on the law: advice for applying to law school, and the challenges and rewards of...
03/15/2019
Alumni Law Roundtable: From Law School to a Legal Career

The conclusion to our alumni roundtable on the law: advice for applying to law school, and the challenges and rewards of legal careers.

Today we conclude our roundtable discussion with History alumni-turned-attorneys Wade Adamson ’09, Gina Schulz ’07, and Aaron Thom ’08. In part one they recalled how they decided …

Happy Pi Day, everyone!
03/14/2019

Happy Pi Day, everyone!

One of the most popular majors in law schools is History. Thanks to Gina Schulz, Aaron Thom, and Wade Adamson for taking...
03/14/2019
Alumni Law Roundtable: From Bethel to Law School

One of the most popular majors in law schools is History. Thanks to Gina Schulz, Aaron Thom, and Wade Adamson for taking the time to answer some questions about their journey from our department to working as lawyers. We'll have the second part of this roundtable up later today.

In addition to spotlighting individual alumni who have taken various career paths, occasionally we like to host a kind of roundtable discussion with alumni from a single field. In the past we’…

MNHS Director and CEO Kent Whitworth spoke to HIS290 Intro to History students today.  Minnesota Historical Society
03/08/2019

MNHS Director and CEO Kent Whitworth spoke to HIS290 Intro to History students today. Minnesota Historical Society

One of our Political Science friends will be giving a talk in the Bethel University Library this Thursday. (Mitchell als...
03/04/2019

One of our Political Science friends will be giving a talk in the Bethel University Library this Thursday. (Mitchell also teaches our cross-listed course on American Constitutional History.)

Some good advice from a Bethel senior to incoming students: "You will not be bound forever by your choices regarding you...
02/22/2019
Why It’s Okay to Be Undecided about Your College Major

Some good advice from a Bethel senior to incoming students: "You will not be bound forever by your choices regarding your major. Or school. Or your friends even. You may even surprise yourself as you discover what you’re good at or most invested in. And that’s exciting."

Historically, about half of the History majors and minors at Bethel choose that path in their second year or later. So we want to echo the words of Bethel student Katie Johnson, who wrote an open l…

In case you missed it... here's what our resident Roman historian/digital humanities coordinator did with his snowy afte...
02/21/2019
Mapping Hannibal on a Snow Day

In case you missed it... here's what our resident Roman historian/digital humanities coordinator did with his snowy afternoon off.

Bethel cancelled classes this afternoon, which deprived my Roman Civ students of my lecture on the Carthaginian general Hannibal’s daring journey over the Alps in 218 BCE. But the snow day ga…

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