Data analysis. Information literacy. Perspective-taking. Empathy. The study of history hones a wealth of skills necessary to solving contemporary problems. The new history curriculum at Augustana allows students to follow one of five Compass Points as they craft an undergraduate experience that fits their current passions, career goals, and vision for the future.
I. History communication
History communication prepares students to understand how the public engages with the past. This focus may appeal to those interested in museum studies, library science, digital history, production of documentaries, journalism, and historic preservation.
Anna Tunnicliff ‘13, Archivist, Iowa Women’s Archives, University of Iowa
Rashaun Debord ‘17, Masters Student in Public History, University of of Illinois-Springfield
II. Social justice
This concentration uses a historical lens to shed light on current inequalities, as well as understanding how individuals and groups have produced social change. This focus may appeal to those interested in human rights work, law, social services, religious work, and more.
Michael Rogers ’12, Director, Office of Student Inclusion & Diversity, Augustana College
Madison Wynes ‘14, Personal Injury and Criminal Lawyer Specializing in Immigration Law and Workers’ Compensation
III. Nations and global politics
This concentration centers on complex interactions between people and systems, local concerns and global movements. This focus may appeal to those interested in law, politics, international relations, public relations, and peace studies.
Carolyn Sallee ’02, Senior Manager and Economic Consultant, Ernst and Young, San Francisco
Joseph Carroll ‘17, Senior Data Coordinator Americans for Prosperity and Freedom Partners Shared Services
IV. History education
History Education majors at Augustana don’t just learn how to teach history: they learn to teach historical thinking. Education majors combine education courses with courses in the major and a Capstone project that uses cutting-edge theories of history teaching and learning.
Taylor McGinnis ’16, Social Studies Teacher, De la Salle High School, Chicago
Colette LaRiviere ’17, History teacher, Springwood Middle School, Hanover Park, Ill.
V. Information analytics
This concentration allows you to tailor your major to your goals. This focus may appeal to majors who want to become civic and workplace leaders who think critically and communicate clearly to solve problems in areas such as STEM, sales, business, health, and more.
Gina Balestri ’13, Loan Officer, First Federal Savings Bank
Emily Matuseski ’14, IT Integrator, John Deere