‘Alumni Highlights’ Category


Alumni Highlights


From History Major to IT (with Bandy Playing Interspersed)

History major Wyatt Wenzel, ’14, did not require a STEM degree to succeed in the IT sector, which he joined in the summer of 2015 as part of Minneapolis-based Traust Consulting. As he explains, “my Gustavus History BA armed me with a ton of skills that I really believe gave me a huge advantage. . […]

From History BA to Health Behavior PhD

Contrary to what one might assume, majoring in History at Gustavus prepares students to succeed in a host of fields which, at first glance, would seem to have nothing to do with studying the past. Stuart Grande, ’99, is yet another wonderful case in point. Following graduation, Stuart taught English in Eastern Europe, where he […]

Writing the History of Student Protest for Black Freedom and Equality

History alum Mike Jirik ’12 has published an eye-opening scholarly post about “[t]he history of student activism for Black freedom and equality” in Black Perspectives, published by the African American Intellectual History Society and considered “the leading online platform for public scholarship on global Black thought, history, and culture” (quoted from the website). Mike is […]

Biology and History Major’s Research Featured in The Atlantic Magazine

Alum Nadine Lysiak ’03 double majored in Biology and History (with Honors) and, as a junior, won a highly competitive Goldwater Scholarship from the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation. From Gustavus, Nadine went on to earn her Ph.D. in marine biology from Boston University, which has led her to various teaching […]

From History Major to Protector of Domestic Violence Victims

Kristine McLean ’14 recently earned her law degree, winning honors along the way. She embodies the Gustavus commitment to excellence and justice in her work, and as a History Major she feels well prepared for her chosen career. As Kristine elaborates: I graduated from Mitchell Hamline in May 2017. I sat for the Minn. bar […]

History, Biology, and Whales

What can you do with a History degree from Gustavus? The answers are varied and interesting! For example, Nadine Lysiak ’03, majored in Biology and History (with Honors) and went on to earn an MA and PhD in Marine Biology from Boston University (’07, ’09). Her studies led to an ongoing research and teaching career […]

History Matters at MATTER

Since graduating from Gustavus with a History major in 2014, Katie Schlangen has gone from teaching English in Korea to traveling to the African nations of Mali and Togo in her current capacity as International Hospital and Clinic Program Coordinator for MATTER, a Twin-Cities based international NGO. As Katie notes, MATTER “is starting a movement […]

From History Major to Lobbyist

What can you do with a Gustavus History major? Perhaps better to ask, is there anything you can’t do? Following graduation, Bradley Peterson, History Honors, ’98, worked for Anderson Consulting (now Accenture). He then went to law school at Hamline, receiving his JD in 2005. For a time he lobbied on behalf of the American […]

History Major in the Pulpit

Pastor Julie Smith offers more evidence that History majors are everywhere, in virtually every walk of life, even where and when you might least expect them. Following her graduation from Gustavus in 1994 with a double major in Religion and History, Julie attended Luther Seminary, and from there has held a series of pastorates in […]