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

Perched on a rocky landscape overlooking a seemingly endless horizon of water, Jenna Jaeger, sophomore biology and Spanish double major, sat quietly meditating after a five-day trek through Northern Spain. The quiet moment gave her a chance to... more
Joe Black’s workplace, the Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer in Grand Island, Nebraska, is like no other. With sites and exhibits spanning 200 acres, the museum takes visitors back in time to the days when pioneers and Native Americans lived and... more
Every October, students from Hastings College conduct research in Ireland throughout the month as part of a program called Irish Fellows. This program began in 2007 with then Hastings College Dean and Irish literature specialist, Dr. Richard Lloyd... more
Through working at the Frank House, Brian Whetstone developed an interest in not only traditional academic history – but public history – the restoration, archivation and interpretation of the past. more
After spending the summer as a press intern in the office of one of his home state senators, Nick Musgrave returned to Hastings College with a much more clear image of what he’d like his future to look like. “This summer really solidified my strong... more