Concordia’s history department includes faculty who are experts in history around the world. Take courses about modern East Asia, Russia, Scandinavia or Latin America, and the history of groups ranging from black Americans to Indians of North America.
Your world view will be challenged and broadened in many ways as you prepare for a wide range of options when you graduate. Whether you pursue graduate school, including law school, or seek a career in teaching, business, nonprofits or another passion, you'll be well-equipped to succeed.
Multiple history classes include real-world hands-on experience in the Fargo-Moorhead community.Learn More
Our Faculty, Students and Alumni
Alexander Greff '11
Ph.D. Candidate for the Department of Science, Technology, and Medicine; Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Minnesota
History and German Major
The variety of scholarly perspectives I found among the faculty inspired me to pursue a broad perspective in my approach to learning. I can only begin to recount the number of times that I was forced to step out of my intellectual comfort zone to meet the varied challenges of studies in astrobiology, applied civics, or art history.
Sonja Tinjum '15
Powers Lake, N.D.
Scandinavian Studies Major; History Minor
I come from a Scandinavian community and Norwegian heritage, and I have always been interested in Scandinavian culture. Concordia has deeply rooted Scandinavian heritage as well, being a Norwegian Lutheran private school, and it promotes work and study abroad opportunities in Scandinavian countries. I was able to use my experiences from Concordia and the Scandinavian studies program to find a job in Norway within six months of graduation. I am using the global perspectives I gained at Concordia to live and work in Europe, which is amazing!
Taylor Tielke '14
English Teacher, Peace Corps
Political Science and Global Studies Major; History Minor
What made Concordia great for me, was the tight knit community. Walking through the halls or even seeing professors in public, they would almost always stop to say hello. This happened even after I graduated! Every professor that I had classes with was more than willing to meet with students, resolve any issues, and strive to make the learning environment personal. Even in wide disciplines like global studies or political science, professors do a fantastic job of teaching basic ideas while giving ample opportunity to focus on topics that you are passionate about.
David Adamson '15
Political Science and History Major; Religion Minor
Studying religion is important to me because religion is an inseparable part of every culture, and if anyone wants to understand another people's culture, they need to understand their religion.
Nathan Larsen '09
Special Education Assistive Technology Coordinator, Waconia Public Schools
Education Major; History Minor
Concordia taught me the value of being responsibly engaged in the world, or BREWing, as well as to seek out what my vocation is in life, and then ardently, passionately, and purposefully pursue a career that seeks to fulfill that calling. I'm forever indebted to Concordia for helping me find my purpose in life, and for equipping me with the tools to go out and find my place in the world to make a difference.
Spencer McCombs '13
Geographic Information Systems Technician, City of Moorhead
History Major; Geography Minor
My fledgling knowledge of Geographic Information Systems was expanded at Concordia when my history advisor suggested I take an environmental studies class on the subject.
After learning how to use this tool I did multiple independent studies, expanding my skill set while learning about the rise of Protestantism in Nicaragua, The expansion of railroads in Wisconsin, and how the flooding of the Red River has shaped Moorhead development trends and policies over time.
Maddie Johnson '15
Case Manager at Columbus House in New Haven, Conn.
Biology and History Major; Chemistry Minor
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During my sophomore year, I took a class called the Arab-Israeli Conflict. At the end of the semester, I wrote a research paper comparing and contrasting the health care systems in Israel and Palestine, with a focus on maternal health. Though it was a history class, I was able to combine my love for public health, international conflict, and women's rights into one research topic.