The History department offers students the opportunity to study the past and make sense of the present through a variety of classroom, research, independent and mentored study, travel, service-learning and internship experiences.
Coursework takes students beyond just memorization of facts, it teaches them to think critically and understand differing interpretations and viewpoints. Students also learn to do independent research, understand their world and community and, therefore, become better citizens. One-on-one relationships with faculty are a hallmark of the History department and ensure that students obtain the necessary skills for maximum employability.
Concordia's location in one of the most culturally diverse cities in the nation allows students access to learning opportunities at the Minnesota History Center, the State Capitol, Concordia's Center for Hmong Studies and various local historic sites. Students can join the campus History Club, which travels and presents lectures. They can also participate in Minnesota History Day, travel overseas or obtain local internships.
Students who find fulfillment in this course of study are inquisitive and independent thinkers. They have a desire to know about the world, the country and the community in the past, present and future.