University of Minnesota

History Student Profile

Name: Riley Nornes
Anticipated Graduation Year:
May 2015
Major: History

How and why did you choose your major?

My original intension was to be an engineer, but found little successes or satisfaction. After I decided not to continue, I decided to follow a subject I had always enjoyed. I always had a passion for history, and immediately felt more at home in the subject. The University of Minnesota, has a very diverse set of courses to choose from that covers a wide range of time periods.

Please give a description (in your words) of your major including the things you learn, favorite classes, and any challenges you have faced.

What we learn in the history department goes much farther than just what happened in the past. We learn how the implications of the past effect how our world operates today. The best classes tend to challenge our views of past societies and exposes us to new points of views. This is usually done through large amounts of reading, which can sometimes be overwhelming.

What types of experiences outside of the classroom have you had relating to your major? (i.e. clubs, jobs, internships, volunteering, study abroad etc.)

Thankfully, the University has a history club. Also the study abroad program is a great way to broaden your horizons.

In your opinion, what is one thing, or one piece of advice that other students pursuing your major should know?

There will be a large amount of reading, and most of your grades will be based on papers. If either of these things are a problem, think long and hard before taking on this major.

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