The Wartburg College History Department is committed to helping students discern and prepare to live out their calling
Honesty, trust, respect, fairness, responsibility, and the free exchange of ideas are essential for success in life. They form the foundations of relationships and communities, which is especially important as we carry out our role as citizens in our personal and professional lives.
The history department believes in, promotes, and encourages individuals’ lifelong passion for understanding the world around them – both past and present. It is through the process of questioning and seeking answers that we can make our world a better place.
The history program provides students with opportunities to not only study the past, but also to reflect on the purposes of such study, the meaning of history in our lives, and the uses of history in our world. We firmly believe that an understanding of history is fundamental to understanding who, what, and why we are.
We live and work in a world filled with a variety of human experiences and perspectives, as have humans in every age. The history program explores diversity in past settings as a way of promoting understanding of and valuing of this variety and preparing students to live in a diverse world.
Working together and supporting our intellectual and physical endeavors builds respect, civility, collegiality, and understanding. Collaboration provides models for mentorship, develops necessary skills, and enables us to reach our full potential.
We are committed to engaging in our communities in a positive manner that leads to respect, growth, and mutual betterment. Our communities are varied and encompass our personal, professional, and civic lives.