Experience history with the faculty in the Wartburg College History Department, where we value curiosity and engagement in historical inquiry as preparation for lifelong learning. Take a journey through time as you explore American, European and non-Western history and culture, majoring in history, American history secondary education or world history secondary education. You will have opportunities to become involved in

  • Study-abroad programs
  • Internships at historical sites throughout the United States
  • Primary research under the guidance of a faculty member

The study of history will prepare you for employment in a variety of professions that utilize skills developed through historical inquiry and cross-disciplinary knowledge. An examination of the past requires the use and development of skills for perceptive reading, critical thinking, summarizing and intelligent articulation — foundational skills for all professions.

Program Goals

  • To develop skills for perceptive reading, critical thinking, summarizing, and intelligent articulation.
  • To develop the ability to use and conduct research in primary materials
  • To develop an awareness and appreciation for other cultures
  • To expose students to a wide variety of historical approaches
  • To develop an awareness of the ethical questions faced by practicing historians
  • To help students deal with the present and future by studying the past patterns and trends of human activity.


Luther Hall houses the History Department.

A tight-knit mentoring community. WORTH IT.


History Scholarships

Ottersberg Scholar in History – This scholarship is awarded to a first year student with a major in history. The purpose is to provide a scholarship for “Scholars in Partnership” in history named after Dr. Gerhard Ottersberg. Receipt is based on merit.

Dr. G. Rudolph & Beryl Bjorgan Memorial Scholarship – Full-time students at Wartburg College who demonstrates appropriate financial need as determined by the Wartburg Financial Aid Office are eligible for this scholarship. However, special preference is given to a junior or senior majoring in history or political science, with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00, with proven ability to excel in their chosen field.

Gerhard Ottersberg History Scholarship – Established in honor of Dr. Gerhard Ottersberg, professor emeritus, Wartburg College — with funds contributed by family, friends and former students — this award is granted to a junior or senior student majoring in history who has consistently demonstrated a high level of scholastic achievement.

Norheim History Scholarship – The Norheim is awarded to a student majoring in history with good academic standards.

Other Scholarships – Visit Wartburg College’s listing of nationally competitive scholarships or learn about additional scholarships, grants, and fellowships through the Wartburg Financial Aid Web site.

Alumni Outcomes

Wartburg graduates find satisfying jobs and are admitted into top graduate and professional schools. Wartburg alumni can be found in all 50 U.S. states and over 70 foreign countries. Below is only a sample of the types of positions Wartburg graduates from the History Department have had in the past.

Sample of Alumni Positions from the Past Five Years:

  • Ph.D. Student/Instructor of Social Studies, Boston University and Clark University, Boston, Mass.
  • English Teacher, Gong Hang Middle School, Seoul, South Korea
  • Field Representative, Verizon Wireless, Cedar Rapids
  • Intern, Embassy of the United States in Berlin, Germany
  • Loss Prevention Lead, Sears Holding Corp., Denver, Colo.
  • Graduate Student – Law
  • Peace Corps, Tanzania

Sample of Alumni Positions from the Past 10 Years:

  • Production Coordinator, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Dallas, Texas
  • PSA/ Library Associate, Minneapolis Central Library, Minneapolis, Minn.
  • Staff Attorney, Iowa Legal Aid, Waterloo
  • Youth Librarian, Adel Public Library, Adel
  • Teacher, Dubuque Senior High School, Dubuque
  • Senior Secretary-Testing and Resource Center, University Center, Sioux Falls, S.D.

Sample Stand-out Alumni Positions:

  • Chairman and CEO, First Community Trust National Association, Dubuque
  • Senior Vice President and Relationship Manager, HSBC Bank USA, Charlotte, N.C.
  • Senior Community Affairs Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Kansas City, Mo.
  • Librarian, University of Central Florida, Orlando, Fla.
  • Professor, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, Tenn.
  • Professor, Nassau Community College, Garden City, N.Y.


Terrence Lindell

Professor of History

Erika Lindgren

Associate Professor of History

Daniel Walther

Gerald R. Kleinfeld Endowed Chair in German History