History & Contemporary Society

This degree can lead to careers ranging from law enforcement to journalism. About one-third of sociology majors will go on to get a Master's in Social Work.

Darin Shrock '06

History Major, Lawyer and CEO of Awake & Alive

Alumnus Darin Shrock could never have predicted the plan God had in store for his life after graduating from Bethel in 2006. In six short years, he went from history major, to law school graduate, to father of three adopted children, to CEO of the nonprofit organization Awake & Alive.

Read his story in Bethel Magazine.

 

Campus in the fall

Majors

Applied Politics

Students don’t just read about the political process – they participate in it through internships and other opportunities, networking and talking with key political constituents. 

Criminal Justice

There are many opportunities for students focusing on this track. Imagine an internship with the U.S. Marshals Service or the FBI.

Social Studies Education

Core concentrations are in government and citizenship or historical perspectives.

History

A history degree prepares you for a career in journalism, historic preservation, foreign service, library science, grant writing, urban development and more.

Humanities

A 30-hour program where you choose electives from Literature, Philosophy, History, Languages and Fine Art.

Sociology

Prepare for a career in juvenile probation, adoption, geriatrics, social ministries, missions and more. 

Sociology internships in South Bend/Mishawaka

  • Family and Children's Center
  • Life Center
  • The Language Company
  • Keys Counseling
  • Transformation Ministries
  • Bethel College
  • University of Notre Dame
  • Monroe Circle
  • One World Center
  • John Young Junior High

Faculty

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Tom LaFountain

Tom LaFountain

Titles: Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
Degrees: JD
B.A.
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: 574.807.7366
Robert Daniels

Robert Daniels

Titles: Associate Professor of Sociology
Degrees: Ph.D.
M.A.
B.A.
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: 574.807.7237
Dennis Engbrecht

Dennis Engbrecht

Titles: Professor of History
Degrees: Ph.D.
M.A.
Bachelor's
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: 574.807.7208
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