The COVID pandemic has generated tremendous challenges for us all. Our health and safety, and those of our family and friends, have rarely felt more urgent. And yet this global uncertainty has also meant new opportunities for History Majors and Minors and the skills they develop here at MSU Denver. Almost no one predicted this work environment 18 months ago. Yet History Majors and Minors bring valuable skills that prepare them for uncertainty and for future jobs that don’t yet exist. They work consistently at MSU Denver to think critically and communicate clearly about an often messy and complicated past. Studying a series of past problems, MSU Denver History students have valuable opportunities from supportive faculty to develop understanding and skills that lead to present-day solutions. They discover new things about themselves as learners, while simultaneously cultivating new literacy skills. They are encouraged to excel in changing environments. History majors nurture curiosity about diversity and unpredictability. They go well beyond a narrow set of technical skills, asking and answering questions like: how have humans at different times and places managed complex challenges including wars, pandemics, natural disasters, or genocides? Citizenship and cultural fluency in a country like ours today have rarely been so important. History majors learn to ask tough questions about themselves and human resilience in the face of oppression or injustice. This means learning to build common ground with people who might have opposing views, a quality sorely lacking in many of our current national leaders. A History degree, rooted deeply in the liberal arts, helps students think bigger than simply the next grade on a test or the next difficulty at work. Ultimately, we work together as a community to answer the most important question: “How can I make a difference in a frequently confusing and uncertain world?”
So a question for MSU Denver History Majors and Minors out in the working world: how have you been using your degree? Please share a story or example from your life in these uncertain days. We want to hear from you! Please email Todd Laugen ([email protected]
) to share your story.