Arts & Sciences

History

Bachelor of Arts in History

Dig through the past to learn more about the present

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WHY STUDY HISTORY?

History majors learn skills that make them highly competitive in today’s job market. They locate, collect, analyze, and synthesize data, arguments, and information. Historians can take the general and make it specific, and provide convincing and compelling arguments that influence future decisions. Students have the option to concentrate in cultural history or contemporary history.

WHAT ARE MY CAREER OPPORTUNITIES?

History majors find careers in the fields of education, government, politics, law, and the private sector. In other words, history majors are not pigeonholed into any single career path. In a rapidly changing market, they have the skill-set to adapt and pursue a number of career options. Being able to communicate effectively, write persuasively, analyze information and argue convincingly, are all crucial traits that employers look for.

WHY BECOME A HISTORIAN?

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. These skills can be applied to academics, education, government and law, but they are equally sought after in the private sector. The skill-set of a historian – which includes outstanding written and verbal communication skills, information analysis, argumentation and persuasion – prepares students to be successful in today’s competitive marketplace.

According to the journal Foreign Policy, the number one field of study for people pursuing careers in international affairs is history. According to the University of Michigan Law School, history is one of the primary majors for future Law students. Job sites Monster.com show that history majors begin careers with salaries comparable to other popular university majors such as english or psychology. According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, employers favor graduates with skills learned in history, not technical education.

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COMMON CONCERNS AND MISCONCEPTIONS

History doesn’t have any marketability.

Not true! Training for one specific career might help you in the short term, but if the market changes, you may be forced to move long distances, take a pay cut, or find yourself unemployed. A broader educational skillset, like the kind history provides, prepares you to adapt to any number of employment situations, making you marketable to more than just one field.

History degrees don’t have “real world application”

Yes they do! In fact, they open up many doors instead of one. Compare a Liberal Arts education to training at Tech school: Tech training in one specific skill set (welding, a computer programming language, etc.) which are all important, but this kind of specific training won’t help in the long run if the market changes.

A History background shouldn’t lead to questions like “what can I do?” Instead, it should make you ponder “What can’t I do?”

THE FINLANDIA DIFFERENCE

  • Faculty: All College of Arts and Sciences faculty have higher education degrees, primarily Ph.Ds from major American universities. They continue to publish original research in academic journals and books. In short, they not only teach in their field, but they create knowledge that others teach.
  • Uncommon attention: At Finlandia, you are not just a number. Faculty work closely with students and are always available and approachable.
  • Curriculum: Finlandia history majors study important, contemporary issues.

HISTORY IN THE NEWS

Finlandia Top Liberal Arts School Great Value
Finlandia Named a Top 30 Liberal Arts College in the Midwest

February 06, 2020

Finlandia University has been named a Top 30 Liberal Arts College in the Midwest according to Great Value Colleges.

“Finlandia is honored to be included in the list of the Top 30 Liberal Arts Colleges in the Midwest, as presented by Great Value College,” said Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Fredi deYampert. “Finlandia is indeed a great value. We are the only liberal arts university in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Our tuition is competitive and the quality of […] Read More

Amanda Maleche Family
How FinnU’s Servant Leadership Program Changed the Course of Amanda Maleche’s (’12) Life

October 16, 2019

Amanda Maleche (’12) with her husband, a Michigan Tech alumnus, and three daughters. Maleche connected with her husband, who is from Kenya, over her passion for African culture after having gone on the Service Learning Trip to Tanzania through FinnU.

Leading the Pride continues in the month of October by talking with Liberal Arts alumna and Executive Director at Anthology Senior Living, Amanda Maleche (’12). Maleche, who transferred to FinnU after two years at the University of Michigan-Flint […] Read More

Finnish ties grow stronger with Administrative Assistant Natalia Borgen

August 20, 2019

Finlandia University is pleased to welcome Natalia Borgen to the FinnU family. Borgen is serving as the Administrative Assistant for Suomi College of Arts & Sciences (SCAS) and International School of Business (ISB).

Originally from Helsinki, Finland, Borgen came to Finlandia as an exchange student in 2013. As a student from Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences she studied in an international degree program for multilingual administrative assistants. After getting […] Read More

HISTORY GRADUATES WILL BE ABLE TO DO THE FOLLOWING:

  • Communication: Demonstrate clear and persuasive written and verbal communication relating to historical events and themes.
  • Personal Perspective: Exhibit an ability to appraise arguments and distinguish fact from opinion in an historical context as a foundation of lifelong learning.
  • Creative Insight: Locate, assess, and appraise primary and secondary historical sources integrate into a wider expansive holistic approach to problem solving.
  • Analytical and Critical Thinking: Gather relevant data and information, evaluate ideas, and draw relationships and conclusions across areas of study.
  • Global Perspective: Explain how actions have shaped the past and can impact the future, at local and global levels.

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Faculty and Staff

William Knoblauch

Associate Professor, History

william.knoblauch@finlandia.edu

Jason Oyadomari

Associate Professor of Biology & Dean of Suomi College of Arts and Sciences

jason.oyadomari@finlandia.edu

Hilary-Joy Virtanen

Assistant Professor, Finnish & Nordic Studies; Chair, Institutional Review Board

hilary.virtanen@finlandia.edu