Primarily, historians analyze artifacts from the past to derive lessons about the present.
This process, however, is far more interesting than memorizing dates, names, and facts. Modern historians locate, collect, analyze, and synthesize sources. They assess data with a critical eye and apply modern theories to make sense of information. They take the general and make it specific and provide convincing and compelling arguments that influence future decisions.
CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS
AHA – American Historical Association
The American Historical Association (AHA) is the largest professional organization in the United States devoted to the study and promotion of history and historical thinking. Only the AHA brings together historians from all specializations and professions, embracing their breadth, variety, and ever-changing activity.
Being a member of the American Historical Association gives you access not only to our expanded menu of individual benefits including invaluable publications, resources, and discounts, but also to a diverse and vibrant network of more than 14,000 historians. Your membership supports the Association’s crucial advocacy work on behalf of the discipline and helps us to provide leadership on current issues such as academic freedom, access to archives, and the centrality of history to public culture.
STUDY ABROAD OPPORTUNITIES
Finlandia believes it is important for the student to be exposed to the world. By fostering exchange relations with foreign learning institutions we are able to bring experts from around the world to teach on campus and offer students the opportunity to attend college overseas.
ADDITIONAL LINKS AND FORMS
What you will learn
Students majoring in History develop important, in demand skills, including: the ability to perform research; data organization, synthesis,
and analysis; effective verbal and written communication skills.
In addition to academic and teaching careers, History graduates enter career fields in government, the military, foreign relations, or perhaps pursue careers as museum curators, librarians, private sector researchers, or use history as training to study law.
Graduates will be able to:
- Demonstrate clear and persuasive written communication.
- Reframe, support, interpret, or assess arguments in class or online discussions.
- Classify sources as either primary or secondary.
- Compare and contrast sides of an argument and draw conclusions about cause and effect in history.
- Analyze causal relationships of the past and understand how they lead to conflict or resolution in history.
Sample Courses (CORE)
- World History I
Employs a global perspective to examine the transformative nature and diversity of human experience from pre-historic societies through the 16th century. Political, economic, social, and cultural phenomena associated with the beginnings of human society, early civilizations, the emergence of pastoral peoples, classical traditions, world religions, and empires are surveyed. Available fall semester, odd years.
- America in the World
History of U.S. foreign relations. Topics include: Early American diplomacy; westward expansion; global dimensions of American wars; ideological, economic, and political influence on foreign policy; major figures in American diplomacy; how race, class, and gender interpretations shape the discipline; covert operations & intelligence; domestic influence on/responses to US foreign relations. Available fall semester, odd years or as needed. Prerequisite: HIS 211 or HIS 212.
- Historiography & Research Methods
Students learn to do the work of a historian. Topics include: historiography (study of history and the field’s philosophy), methodology, archival research, and historical writing. Course concludes with student's own research project and writing; class works collectively in the writing and revision process. Offered as needed. Prerequisites: Declared history major; HIS 205, 206, 211, 212, and at least one 300-level course.