Herodotus, the first historian in the Western tradition, documented the Persian invasion of Greece in his book, The History,
so that time may not draw the color from what man has brought into being, nor those great and wonderful deeds, manifested both by Greeks and barbarians, fail of their report. His successor, Thucydides, in his history of the Peloponnesian Wars, immediately criticized Herodotus for making
many incorrect assumptions and writing
to meet the taste of an immediate public. Thucydides strove for understanding, evidence and evaluation, and to design his writing
to last for ever, which so far it has.
Deeds, evidence, evaluation, understanding, design, writing, color, humanity in the past and present – these are the pursuits and interests of historians at Bethel College. To major in history at Bethel is to enter an academically rigorous, highly personalized educational environment that emphasizes developing strong research and writing skills and exploring ethical and moral questions from a historical perspective. Small classes allow for in-depth discussion and writing-based assessment methods, as well as one-on-one instruction.