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You are

  • interested in how your story fits into other stories – family, community, society
  • curious about what the past can teach the future
  • challenged by researching yesterday’s answers to today’s big questions

Studying history at Bethel will

  • equip you with strong research and writing skills
  • offer you opportunities to “do history” at Kauffman Museum and the Mennonite Library & Archives
  • place you in small-class settings that encourage discussion
  • pair you with faculty mentors who are active historians themselves

Multiple options

Bethel history majors have gone on to

  • study law
  • teach high-school history
  • work in libraries
  • and much more.

Want to talk more with faculty and current students? Schedule a campus visit.


Unique opportunities for hands-on history experience abound — from museum internships at Kauffman Museum to archival internships working with rare books and manuscripts in the Mennonite Library and Archives to courses taught on location in Europe.

The mentoring I received at Bethel has served me well as I have pursued both a calling into Christian ministry, and a career in public communications. I don’t think there are many places where I would have had the chance to engage in such a breadth and depth of activity.
—Micah Bales ’04 History, Spanish
M.Div., Earlham School of Religion
Advocacy manager, Homeless Children’s Playtime Project, Washington, D.C.

Bethel history graduates have:

Notable Alumni

Samuel Voth Schrag – ’04
Samuel was able to earn his M.Div. from Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary and go on to lead the congregation at St. Louis Mennonite Fellowship.
Micah Bales – ’04
Micah expanded on his degrees in history and Spanish to achieve a Master of Divinity degree and begin a career that involves service and communication. He attributes the variety of areas he was able to explore at Bethel to his well-rounded resume. Bales’ passion for helping others is exemplified through his work as an advocacy manager for Homeless Children’s Playtime Project in Washington, D.C.
Major requirements for History:
30 hours (14 upper-level).
Major requirements for History and Government teacher licensure:
45 hours, including 15 hours required supporting courses in government, sociology, economics and geography, plus completion of General Education requirements for teacher licensure and professional education requirements.
Minor requirements for History:
16 hours (8 upper-level).

Kip Wedel

Associate professor of history

Mission Statement

Bethel College prepares students for meaningful lives of work and service through faith formation, the liberal arts, and practical experience in career pathways.