“’I love hiring liberal-arts graduates,’ says Dave Elkington, founder and chief executive of InsideSales.com, a Provo, Utah, a company specializing in customer-data analysis. ‘They think broadly and communicate effectively. They aren’t stuck in a rut. They can challenge ideas.’ Mr. Elkington, a philosophy major himself, says he came up with a lot of the ideas for his company’s analytic tools by reflecting on Aristotle’s classifications of knowledge.” From George Anders, “Good News Liberal Arts Majors: Your Peers Probably Won’t Outearn You Forever,” Wall Street Journal, September 11, 2016.
HIST 366 – Hispanic Heritage
Focusing primarily on Mexican-Americans, Cuban-Americans, and Puerto Ricans, this course offers a historical perspective on the Hispanic experience from colonial times to the present.
HIST 365 – Women in America
Meet your gender requirements and learn about the history of women in the United States! This course is open to all students.
Hist 390 – Big History
Starting with the Big Bang and ending in the future, we will examine the universe. By drawing from the best ideas in Astronomy, Chemistry, Biology, and History, we will cover questions that will help solve the mysteries around us. We will cover questions such as: What is our place in the universe? Where are things heading? How did we get where we are? And more!
Selected Careers include:
|History Teacher||Non-profit Manager||Library Archivist or Museum Curator|
|Writer or Editor||Policy or Corporate Researcher||Lawyer|
Additional career options and helpful resources can be found in the career section of the American Historical Association website.
Jonathan Wilson, was Purdue University Northwest’s first Fulbright Student Scholar, teaching secondary education in the West African country of Cote d’Ivoire during the 2015-2016 academic year. In his Fulbright role, Jonathan acted as a cultural ambassador for the United States and had the opportunity to visit several other African countries. As a history major, he was always committed to social justice and researching global issues. Jonathan now works as a teacher in Chicago.
Susan Strong (History) works for a non-profit called IES Abroad as an Enrollment Management Specialist. IES offers more than 100 study abroad programs in Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe, and Latin America for college students. From the IES Abroad headquarters in Chicago, Susan processes student applications, assembles visa applications, and manages student pre-departure information. As a student at the Hammond campus, Susan was very active in the honors program and history honor society, and traveled to Europe, Latin America, and Asia. She loved researching women of Early Modern Europe.
Adam McGriffin (History) is Director of Career Development and External Partnerships at the University of Chicago, Harris Public Policy’s nonprofit sector portfolio. His work includes securing internship and full-time opportunities for Harris students, growing and maintaining the nonprofit employer portfolio and building strategic partnerships across the sector. The employer portfolio includes both nonprofit and non-governmental organizations at the international, national and local levels. Adam was awarded the Harris Award for Innovation (2016), which honors a staff member whose work has helped to elevate an area of Harris to new levels of excellence, achieving exceptional business results and adding significant value to their area through innovation.
Monica Szanyi (History Major, Philosophy Minor) is continuing her studies in Pennsylvania after earning an M.A. in History from Boston College. “I have always been interested in Native American histories and cultures and my current work on a Ph.D. at Penn State Harrisburg in American Studies allows me to study the past and the present. I am currently working on how Native Americans are depicted in areas such as living history museums and historical re-enactments.” While a student at the Hammond campus of Purdue University Northwest, Monica was active in the Honors College, McNair Program, and Phi Alpha Theta.
Laura Nirenberg (Bachelor of Liberal Studies) is the Founding Executive Director of the Center for Wildlife Ethics, an organization innovating legal advocacy for animals. After completing her BLS degree at PNW’s Westville campus, Laura went on to graduate from Valparaiso Law School. As CWE director, Laura engages in legislative reform focusing on wildlife regulations, government transparency and citizen participation. With the recent creation of CWE’s Animal Law & Policy Institute (ALPI), the organization has responded to the growing demand for legal support for individuals and grassroots groups committed to animal protection and substantive social change. Laura’s duties include the management of organizational communications and fundraising efforts.