History

 
B.A. MajorMinorTeaching Endorsement

History is one of the most versatile undergraduate majors you can choose, because it touches on all forms of human endeavor, from arts and languages to science and economics.

At Concordia, we provide our students with a broad knowledge of history and equip them with the skills necessary to study and understand the past. You will leave the history program as a strong written and oral communicator and exceptional analytical thinker, which will serve you in studying the past and provide you with the tools you need to be successful in your future.

Professors

12:1
Student to faculty ratio

History Sample Academic Outcomes

 

Careers

  • Legislative Aide
  • High School Teacher
  • Elementary Teacher
  • Middle School Teacher

Graduate Schools

  • University of South Dakota
  • University of Illinois
  • Concordia Theological Seminary
  • Concordia Seminary

History Faculty

History Student and Alumni Reviews

Concordia University is focused on providing an exceptional experience and we ask our students to provide feedback on all aspects of their student experience. The ratings and comments below are from our annual survey of all graduating seniors regarding their experience in the History program, the academic department and the university.

 
 

Visit Nebraska

There are many diverse and interesting museums near Seward, Nebraska for those interested in history.

Morrill Hall

Morrill Hall in Lincoln features many exhibits related to natural history, including prehistoric reconstructions of mammals, reptiles and dinosaurs, weapons through time, and the hall of Nebraska wildlife.

Nebraska National Guard Museum

The Nebraska National Guard Museum in Seward houses thousands of artifacts dedicated to telling the story of the Nebraska National guard, including World War II memorabilia and medals awarded to Nebraska National Guardsmen stationed on the Mexican border after Pancho Villa’s raid in 1916.

American Historical Society of Germans from Russia

Located in Lincoln, the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia is a museum and library dedicated to preserving the history and cultural heritage of Germanic settlers in the Russian Empire.

Strategic Air and Space Museum

The Strategic Air and Space Museum was built to commemorate the aircraft of the Strategic Air Command and provide a venue for restoring, preserving, and displaying historical artifacts and aircraft.

History Club
History Club

History Club at Concordia gives you the opportunity to explore history beyond the classroom through social and academic events, like lectures and discussions, field trips, movies, and game nights.

Present Your Findings
Present Your Findings

Each spring, Concordia hosts the Concordia University Research Symposium. The symposium gives you the opportunity to present your personal research or project in either oral or poster presentation format.

Study Abroad
Study Abroad

You can spend an entire year or a semester overseas through exchange programs in places like England, Italy and China. There are also shorter, for-credit trips across the country and around the world available for you to broaden your horizons!

History Sample Course Schedule

Semester 1

  •  
    Hist 131 World Civilization I
    3
    Assesses the development of the basic political, philosophical, and cultural patterns of the ancient, near eastern, Asian, Greco–Roman, medieval and early modern European societies.
  •  
    Gen Ed 9 Credit Hours
    9

Semester 2

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    Hist 115 United States History
    3
    This course examines the history of the United States from the American Revolution to the present by focusing on the significant people, trends, and events that have shaped the nation. The course is also designed to develop students' analytical reading and writing skills, as well as hone their ability to think historically.
  •  
    Gen Ed 9 Credit Hours
    9

Semester 3

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    Hist 132 World Civilization II
    3
    Special emphasis on major political, philosophical, cultural and economic trends in the modern world (since c. 1700) and the emergence of the world community.
  •  
    Hist 410 U.S. History Since 1945
    3
    A study of the social, economic, political, legal, cultural, and foreign policy issues before the American people since 1960.
  •  
    Gen Ed 6 Credit Hours
    6

Semester 4

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    Hist 304 Modern Middle East History
    3
    This course examines broadly the social and political changes in the Middle East from 1800 to the present. It will focus particularly on the Ottoman Empire, European colonialism, the development of Arab nationalism, Islamic purity and reform movements, the rise of modern Israel and the Palestinian authority, and the late twentieth century development of nation-states in the Middle East.
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    Hist 306 The Atlantic World
    3
    This course examines the development of the “Atlantic World” or the world made by Europeans, Africans and Native Americans at land and at sea from roughly the mid-fifteenth century to the nineteenth century. Topics to be examined include the age of exploration and sail, the transatlantic slave trade, changing ideas of race, religion, gender and class and the Americas in the “Age of Revolution.”
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    Gen Ed 6 Credit Hours
    6

Semester 5

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    Hist 313 Religion and Society in the United States
    3
    A historical analysis of the interaction between religion and society in the United States from precolonial to contemporary times; emphasis on themes such as Puritanism, revivalism, social reform, religious pluralism, civil religion, and on-going theological issues. Attention is given to the development of Lutheranism in the American setting.
  •  
    Gen Ed 6 Credit Hours
    6

Semester 6

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    Hist 487 United States Constitutional History
    3
    This course explores the history of the United States Constitution through an examination of its creation in Philadelphia in 1787, subsequent amendments to the Constitution over the last two hundred years and the constitutional crises that have periodically confronted the country.
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    Hist 303 Modern China
    3
    This course examines the history of modern China from 1800 to the present day. It begins with an analysis of the Late Qing Dynasty (1800-1911) and assesses the forces that led to the demise of the Manchus and ushered in a period of revolution and political unrest. Topics to be examined include the Qing Dynasty, the Opium War, the Boxer Rebellion, the Republican Revolution of 1911, peasant rebellion, western imperialism, the Civil War, the emergence of the People’s Republic of China (1949) and the effects of free trade and globalization in China today.
  •  
    Gen Ed 6 Credit Hours
    6

Semester 7

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    Hist 490 Capstone Seminar
    3
    The capstone seminar provides students with the opportunity to integrate and apply learning from their entire college experience. Students will develop and complete a project in conjunction with the course instructor or other approved mentor. Approved projects will require students to use skills, methodology and knowledge to address important issues, explore key arguments, and critique common practices germane to their academic discipline. Internships and fieldwork experiences may also be acceptable projects. The course will also prepare students for the transition from college to graduate/professional school.
  •  
    Gen Ed 9 Credit Hours
    9

Semester 8

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    Hist 434 Medieval Crusades
    3
    This course examines the Crusades during the period in medieval Europe from the late eleventh century through the late thirteenth century. It also analyzes the influence of the Crusades on medieval European society and religion through a close reading of primary and secondary sources.
  •  
    Gen Ed 9 Credit Hours
    9