Do you ever wonder how past events relate to the present? Jewell history majors and minors are encouraged to explore ethical and religious concerns as well as social issues. Through your investigation of topics in American history and world history, including the continuing Middle East crisis, you'll gain insight into a variety of disciplines, cultures and current trends.

Why major in history at Jewell?

The history faculty members at Jewell do more than prepare majors and minors for a single career. You'll get a solid foundation in research, critical thinking and analytical learning that can be used in a variety of jobs or graduate study. Class sizes are kept small to encourage individual attention and the free exchange of ideas. Many other outstanding opportunities are open to those who enter the field of history:

  • Internships that provide practical job experiences at any one of several venues, including local museums, genealogical libraries and law offices
  • 66 international study programs
  • A chapter of the history honor society Phi Alpha Theta that has been in existence at Jewell for over 60 years
  • Colloquium, seminar and readings courses that allow students to explore topics of personal interest not specifically listed in the catalog
  • A capstone course in which majors conduct in-depth research on a project of their choosing
  • Ability to present student research papers to the college and community through participation in the annual David Nelson Duke Undergraduate Colloquium
  • A curriculum that incorporates the study of historiography
  • Meaningful assignments that involve not only research and book reviews, but also counterfactual history (proposing what might have been)
  • Opportunities to visit places of historical interest such as local museums like the National World War I Museum and the Truman Library
  • Varied methods of teaching including multimedia presentations that allow students to view pictures of important sites and historical figures, maps, works of art and relevant movie clips as specific topics are discussed in class
  • Movie nights each semester featuring films of historical interest
  • Occasional on-campus addresses by noted historians, such as Niall Ferguson and Garry Wills
  • Outstanding area libraries including the regional branch of the National Archives in Kansas City and the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education