History Department

Mission Statement

The past matters. The discipline of history works to understand the past on its own terms and reveals its relevance for the present.The CSB/SJU History program supports the liberal arts mission by providing students with insight into the human condition while also building skills in critical analysis and effective communication.  We lead students into an empathetic encounter with the past and engage them in the practice of historical interpretation. Together we imagine and reconstruct people's lives across place and time and within diverse circumstances.  In these ways, the History program supports the colleges' commitment to global education and cultural literacy. We cultivate an understanding of how the past molds but does not determine the present, and we examine how current realities are historically constructed rather than naturally given.  By encouraging students to recognize complexity and question the status quo, we prepare them to become effective citizens and contribute to the common good.  Ultimately, the History program nurtures the curiosity and careful thinking that prepare students for a thoughtful and aware life.   Read more.

CSB/SJU History Majors Get Great Jobs! 

History Career Panel Fall 2015

Find out why and also to see what our alums are up to!  Read more.

Highlights in History

History Major
Paul Knaak

Paul Knaak

Ranked No.4 among 5,577 ROTC cadetsRead more.

Spotlight on


April Bondhus  History '16
Wright County Public Defender's Office
"I knew that my history degree..."  Read more.

Ben Bauman



Ben Baumann History '17

Archeology in Israel & Ancestry in Switzerland
"I wanted to do the archeology project..." Read more. 

Meghan Flannery History '15

Carver County Historical Society
"My history major has given me..." Read more.

Internships/Job Postings

Contact Us

Elisabeth Wengler
Department Chair
CSB Richarda N7
College of Saint Benedict
Saint John's University
(320) 363-5190