Career and Graduate Success

Students who receive a degree from the History Department at Morningside College have an array of opportunities to jump into a professional field or continue their education.

Morningside graduates have gone on to attend many Law Schools such as:

  • University of Iowa
  • Drake University
  • Creighton University
  • University of Notre Dame
  • University of Louisville
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of South Dakota

Graduates have also attended Graduate School in History as well as in Library Science, Public History and Public Administration. Examples of graduate schools that Morningside grads have attended include:

  • Boston College
  • Minnesota State University, Mankato
  • University of Missouri, Kansas City
  • University of Nebraska, Lincoln
  • University of Nebraska, Omaha
  • University of New Mexico
  • University of Missouri, Columbia
  • Rutgers University
  • St. Cloud State (MN) University
  • Ball State (IN) University
  • Northeastern University
  • Catholic University (Washington, D.C.)

Some Careers that our graduates have entered in to after graduation include:

  • Secondary Education Teaching (Middle and High School) and Administration
  • Coaching
  • Museum Management
  • Historic Tourism
  • Professional Librarian (Public and Academic)
  • Insurance Management
  • Business Management
  • State Archives
  • College Education
  • Historic Preservation Administration
  • Professional Pilot
  • Attorney
  • Religious Ministry

Still unsure on if the History Department at Morningside is right for you? Here are a few stories from our graduates on why it was the right choice for them!

David Riveros Garcia (2014)

Learning history is an exercise in academic humility. We are neither the first nor the last, but we partake in a tiny rivulet of time in which we can consciously decide what our contribution to the future will be. In the end, we are not as fascinating, courageous, creative, and innovative as we would like to think of our generation. And if there is any truth about such perception, it would only be due to the shoulders we have stood upon, to paraphrase Sir Isaac Newton.

Traveling the world to present about my anti-corruption projects or consulting for development agencies like the World Bank, knowledge of history has been key both in the professional and personal level. Professionally, it has given me tact when meeting or negotiating with leaders from different cultures and religions. There is no more honest icebreaker than a sincere expression of knowledge about the history that explains a people's struggle. On a personal level, it changed the term "touristic" by "historical". I always close my eyes for a moment while standing in front of something that has witnessed history. It's an indescribable feeling of deeper connection with humanity.

‘We are modern men living in a post-modern world’, Dr. Bass once told me during one of my visits to his office. This seeming anachronism between expectations and reality, this tension between who we are, where we come from, and how we ought to be, and most importantly, the sheer capacity to grasp this complexity is, in and of itself, a treasure to be cherished. On a personal note, I used some of the skills I learned in History courses in publishing my first individual research paper with support from the National Endowment for Democracy. It's about youth political participation in Paraguay and new approaches to understanding engagement and democracy in the 21st century. I also finished the project I was leading with USAID for the Paraguayan Health Ministry. It was about a mobile/web platform that uses open data to provide citizens with information about health facilities, services, and products, while also allowing citizens to provide feedback on these services and report irregularities. Of course, the final goal was to create the foundations for data driven policy improvements (eventually). Last news, I will be in Panama in a couple months as a panelist for the International Anti-Corruption Conference.” 

Angela (Hamman) Houser (2010)

I remain especially fond all of my history classes amongst the other great experiences I had at Morningside College. The classes I took in the history department not only fostered knowledge for my career as a teacher, but also helped me gain a greater understanding of our human culture, global connection, and personal values.

My passion for historical studies intensified through the courses I took and I continuously find myself referencing or relating to historical events, people, and places on a daily basis. One of Morningside College's many attributes is the sense of a small community rather than being one of many, and the same was true in my history classes where I was able to be a part of discussions, debates, and actively take part in my education. I continue to benefit from the relationships formed with professors who helped shape my education, guide me to paths I had not yet seen, and advise me during my time with the history department, a relationship that continues to this day be it advise on potential changes in my career path or assistance with the strenuous process of grad school.

Some classes that particularly stand out include American Revolution, Modern East Asia, and American Women's History. Some of my best experiences include: my research paper that explored the Iroquois tribe's involvement in the American Revolution; the depth to which I was able to study Asian civilizations, a topic less typically accessible in the Midwest, for which I discovered I had a great passion; and my May term trip to China, especially seeing the Great Wall and the Terra Cotta warriors. Presently, I am very pleased with the graduate program I am completing through Adams State. It is very rigorous which I like. Also, I am still teaching history at East High in Sioux City (and enjoying it!) and still teaching studio dance.”