The department would like to congratulate the Wittenberg History Journal and its editors and contributors for winning the Gerald D. Nash History Journal Award from Phi Alpha Theta (National History Honorary) for its 2010 volume: Commerce, Culture and Control: Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Past (Vol 39)Recent History Department News
Photos: Dar Brooks Hedstrom teaches an open classroom honors class in the Student Center in spring 2013, Rob Everett receives the Bloomhardt award for outstanding juniors from Chris Raffensperger, and Tammy Proctor's class poses in front of the National World War I Museum in Kansas City.
Our department also provides several opportunities to meet with fellow students and faculty outside of the classroom.
History Talks, for example, is an informal, bimonthly meeting in which faculty and students gather to discuss historical topics such as American Foreign Policy, the history of family food traditions, historical novels, Frank Lloyd Wright homes, Folk Music, myth and history, and the impact of globalization. History Talks also has outings to the local bowling alley, to films, and to local museums and historical societies.
All students participate as members of the colloquium series offered by the department. Professional historians and history department alumni are frequent speakers.
"Any good, well-rounded liberal arts education is a strong foundation of business. Ultimately, you have to be able to write, speak, and think. Still, for me, history is singularly the best discipline for success in business. In history, you learn and become immersed in why people and groups do things over and extended period of time. History validates that people and organizations act in clear, recognizable patterns. You also learn about human nature. Behavior becomes very predictable, which is vital to understand in business because you have to be able to anticipate how people will behave; you have to stay ahead of actions."