History Major & Minor

Are you curious how today’s headlines have been shaped by past events? Are you passionate about understanding past cultures? If so, our history major or minor is right for you.

At Goshen, you will study the local impact of global issues by examining diverse subjects such as ethnic conflict, war and peace, poverty, immigration, gender roles, the environment, racism, globalization and the implications of Christian faith in a changing society. As a history student, your course requirements will be flexible, allowing you to take courses that suit your unique interests.

Explore your passions through experiential learning opportunities both locally and abroad. At GC, you will conduct hands-on research, complete an internship at a local museum or community organization, and write a senior thesis using primary sources. You might also take a course on Anabaptist history in Paraguay, Native American history in the Southwest, or Islamic history in Morocco! By the time you graduate, you’ll have the writing, research and critical thinking skills needed to succeed in graduate school and a variety of professional careers.

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A Look into the Diversity of Historic Preservation

Jackson Beck (‘13) is furthering his education in history as a student in the University of Georgia’s master’s degree program in Historic Preservation. But what exactly is historical preservation and what does it involve?

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Wittrig named summer 2015 archival intern at MB Historical Commission

Liz Wittrig is the recipient of the Mennonite Brethren Historical Commission’s summer archival internship for 2015. The selection committee chose Liz from several strong candidates from Mennonite universities and colleges in the US and Canada. As

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"What Young Historians Are Thinking"

Alumni Ted Maust participates in "What Young Historians Are Thinking," who is currently working at the Wisconsin Historical Society Press.

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Mexico History Class and Ayotzinapa

Marcia Good, adjunct history professor, teaches a Mexico History this fall at Goshen College. Part of the purpose for this class is to raise awareness through “News Flashes” assignments.  Through this they became aware of

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Goshen College Offers New Political Studies and Pre-Law Minors

GC’s History and Political Science Department has expanded academic opportunities for students by launching two minors, one in political studies and another in pre-law, starting with the 2014-15 academic year.

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