“History does not refer merely, or even principally, to the past,” wrote the American author James Baldwin. “On the contrary, the great force of history comes from the fact that we carry it within us, are unconsciously controlled by it in many ways, and history is literally present in all that we do.” To study history is to study the experiences, ideas, and motivations of past people around the world in order to obtain a better understanding of the nature of the human condition. Northern’s History Department promotes the viewpoint that, while it’s impossible to predict the future, it is essential to be aware of the views, aspirations, and struggles of the past to better understand the problems and promises of today.
The valuable skills you will develop by studying history at NMU, such as critical thinking, use of evidence, analyzing data, and understanding why events unfold as they do, are transferrable to many fields that are not immediately obvious. History graduates often find employment in law, business, finance, tech companies, politics, or other positions that require good communication and research skills. The traditional job path of a history graduate is a professional who researches and analyzes the past, such as an archivist, curator, educator, genealogist, or historian, but there are many other career paths as well!
We learn by doing
At Northern, we strongly believe in learning by thinking and doing. With guidance from caring, engaged instructors, you will be challenged to develop a deeper understanding of history by doing history. Through doing high-quality research and directly engaging with historical sources, you will develop critical thinking skills, improve your written and oral communication, and foster an understanding of global, societal, and individual factors that motivate human action.
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