History

Major in history at Hastings
Why study History at Hastings College?

Don’t just study history - do history!

With professors actively engaged in diverse research projects and committed to classroom excellence, the Hastings College History Department helps you build a deeper understanding of the past, which impacts the present and, perhaps, your future! At the same time, you’ll develop sound communication and analytical skills – critical components for a successful and meaningful life. It’s a classic component of a true liberal arts experience.

Our versatile course offerings make a double major with Business Administration, Communications, Psychology, International Studies or Art possible within four years. Talk about opening doors to your future!

Polish reading, writing, and discussion skills as you practice the historian’s craft. Through widely varied departmental offerings in terms of subject material and approach to the past, you’ll analyze primary sources, synthesize secondary sources and express ideas in written and oral form. Your senior seminar research project pulls all your experiences together into a presentation you may offer at the Missouri Valley History Conference or at a Phi Alpha Theta National History Honorary conference.

You'll find Hastings students excelling in internships with museums, congressional offices and churches have allowed recent students to do history in real-world situations. Plus:

  • Accepting Fulbright Fellowships to teach English in Romania.
  • Enjoying the Peace Corps in places like Indonesia.
  • Attending graduate schools at the University of Michigan, University of Missouri-Columbia, Texas Tech University, Denver University and others.
  • Working for libraries, art studios, corporate offices, museums, churches and universities.

Hastings College History majors land in all these places and more, where their capacity to analyze and communicate sets them apart.

Move forward by looking back at history. Take that first step and apply today!


Student and Alumni Success

After working on the Hill in the summer of 2015, senior Laurel Teal was invited to work at a congressional district office this year, serving as an immigration caseworker. Her past experience working in politics helped her land the job, but it was... more
Hastings College has a special relationship with one of its sister schools, Pyatigorsk State University, in Pyatigorsk Russia, that dates back about 20 years. more
The sophomore seminar program offered by Hastings College gives students an opportunity to understand what it means to be a historian. Learning about research methods, techniques and how to ask the right questions, these students are getting... more
The Excelsior Scholars Program gave Brian Whetstone the opportunity to broaden his research and analysis skills and techniques – gaining experience that prepares him for future research projects and even graduate school. more
History and Political Science major Laurel Teal says she never would've considered continuing her education after the undergrad if it wasn't for Hastings College. more