Bachelor's in History

Primarily, historians analyze artifacts from the past to derive lessons about the present.

The History major prepares students to become knowledgeable, impactful, and employable 21st century citizens. History students develop marketable and meaningful skills, including the ability to discover, collect, and prioritize data; differentiate between and decipher meaning from primary and secondary sources; construct conclusions from numerous interpretative lenses and global perspectives; convey, through both written and verbal communication, meaningful conclusions; distinguish between persuasive and unpersuasive arguments; argue persuasively; and differentiate fact from opinion. Students appreciate their place as a global citizen and their global cultural heritage. Majors may concentrate in either Cultural History or Contemporary History. Career opportunities exceed academic and teaching careers to encompass fields of government, the military, foreign relations, museum curators, librarians, private sector researchers, or as training to study law.

Clubs & Organizations – History Major

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 – History Programs

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.

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What you will learn

Graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate clear and persuasive written and verbal communication relating to historical events and themes. (Communication)
  • Demonstrate an ability to appraise arguments and distinguish fact from opinion in an historical context as a foundation for lifelong learning. (Personal Perspective)
  • Locate, assess, and appraise primary and secondary historical sources. (Creative Insight)
  • Interpret historical events and causal relationships. (Analytic and Critical Thinking)
  • Explain how actions have shaped the past and can impact the future, at local and global levels. (Global Perspective)

Sample Courses (CORE)

  • History through Film
    Utilizes films, along with primary and secondary sources, to examine a special topic in history. Topics include: The Atomic Age, America in the 1970s, America in the 1980s, Cold War America, and Women and Gender History. Fall semester, odd years.
  • History of Rock & Roll
    A cultural/social/political/economic history of America and of globalization, all through the lens of postwar popular music. Topics include: race relations, identity politics, sexuality and gender, drug use, poverty, censorship, globalization, and transnational protest movements. Spring semester, even years.
  • Energy and World Power
    Examines non-renewable resources and their role in world history. Topics include petroleum extraction and consumption; Standard Oil; WWI and the petroleum-military revolution; post-WWI Middle East geopolitics; oil’s role in WWII; petroleum economics; OPEC; oil alternatives; including nuclear power, and the future of global energy. Fall semester, odd years. Prerequisite: HIS 205, 206, 211 or 212.

Career Opportunities

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.
Hilary-Joy VirtanenAssistant Professor, Finnish & Nordic Studies; Chair, Institutional Review BoardFinlandia Universityhilary.virtanen@finlandia.edu906-487-7514
Jason OyadomariAssociate Professor of Biology & Dean of Suomi College of Arts and SciencesFinlandia Universityjason.oyadomari@finlandia.edu906-487-7381
William KnoblauchAssociate Professor, HistoryFinlandia Universitywilliam.knoblauch@finlandia.edu906-487-7318

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