History

Humanities Majors: Happy, Socially Useful, and Well-Compensated

Myth: Welders make more than philosophers. Reality: Happy, social useful, and well-compensated Humanities majors. The data are clear: Contrary to the distortions and in some cases outright lies circulating in our society about the Humanities and the traditional Liberal Arts, persons who major in those areas are not only well-compensated but also highly satisfied in their jobs. […]

James M. McPherson on “Why the Civil War Still Matters”

An interesting and timely interview with Gustavus’s own distinguished alum and leading historian of the Civil War, Prof. James M. McPherson. The interviewer, who writes and edits for History News Network (HNN) where the interview appears, mentions Gustavus. As McPherson notes, there was no Civil War history course when he attended. There is now, and […]

Meet the History Department Faculty: Professor Maddalena Marinari

Dr. Marinari is the most recent addition to the Gustavus History Department. Originally from Italy, she has a Ph.D in Twentieth-Century U.S. and Modern European history from the University of Kansas. Her colleagues already feel her presence as a major contribution. Her enthusiasm towards solving historical puzzles and interpretations make her an excellent professor and […]

Meet the History Department Faculty: Professor Kate Wittenstein

Dr. Kate Wittenstein has been a Gustavus professor since 1986, and, during her tenure, she has helped transform the department in significant ways. Prior to teaching, Dr. Wittenstein earned a MA from Purdue University and a Ph.D from Boston University in American Studies. While at Boston University, she met her husband Gregory Kaster, another professor […]

Prof. Glenn Kranking Publishes Article on Repatriation of Estonian-Swedes

Congratulations(!) to Professor Glenn Kranking whose article, “Leaving the ESSR: Sweden’s Attempts at Repatriating the Estonian-Swedes from Soviet-Controlled Estonia, 1940-1941” has been published in the Journal of Baltic Studies 46, no. 4 (2015): 458-70. Prof. Kranking notes that his article “seems to be one of 3 articles relating to Sweden and the Soviet-occupied Baltic States, […]

Meet the History Department Faculty: Professor Gregory Kaster

  Dr. Gregory Kaster is a professor of American History in the Gustavus History Department. Almost from the beginning Dr. Kaster knew that he wanted to teach history. This drove him to get his BA and MA from Northern Illinois University and his Ph.D from Boston University where he met his wife, Dr. Kate Wittenstein, […]

Student Summer Internship Experiences: Kelsie Close ’16

In this post, Professor Scott Ickes of the Gustavus History Department, a specialist in Latin American and Brazilian history, interviews senior History major Kelsie Close. Name: Kelsie Close Year: Senior (Graduating Spring 2016) Major: History, Minor: Classics Hometown: East Bethel, MN Area of Interest in history: I really enjoy ancient Roman and Greek history as […]

The History Major Pays

See this recent and excellent myth-busting article in Forbes by Wilson Peden of the Association of American Colleges & Universities which demolishes, once again, the persistent myth that humanities majors are unemployable or, at best, destined to mediocre earnings. The opposite is true, though one might not know it from all the ill-informed and sometimes […]

History Majors Study Abroad Showcase: Ben Dipple ’16

  I studied abroad during the fall 2014 semester in Istanbul, Turkey, as a part of the CIEE Arts and Sciences Program.  In addition to my time in Istanbul, I also traveled to different parts of Turkey, including Troy, Trabzon, and Bursa, and spent a week in Egypt visiting friends in Cairo and Alexandria.  Studying […]

History Majors Study Abroad Showcase: Alexa Giebink ’16

I studied for a semester in Sweden through the Gustavus led program that traveled throughout the country for five months, including stops in Jokkmokk, Mora and Stockholm. Studying abroad was the best decision I made for my college education. My experiences in another country have given me a new level of contribution to the classroom […]