Michelle Fitch '11
Michelle is currently finishing up her last year of graduate school at East Tennessee State University (ETSU) in archival studies. While studying at ETSU, she also works in the Archives of Appalachia as a graduate assistant. Her decision to attend Heidelberg and major in history has helped her post graduation. "
The program I am enrolled in is an interdisciplinary program with a concentration in archives. My liberal arts education from Heidelberg has allowed me to better connect cross disciplinary concepts and identify dichotomies in my studies. Also, writing in history provided me with the skills to better adapt to graduate level writing. I appreciate the history I preserve at the Archives of Appalachia and understand my role in creating societal memory."
Kathryn Martin '12
Kathryn is currently studying at T.C. Williams School of Law in Richmond, Virginia and is planning on specializing and practicing in Intellectual Property Law or Medical Malpractice Defense. The training she received as a history major was incredibly helpful during the law school application process. Reading comprehension is a big portion of the LSAT, and that is a cornerstone of the History Department. The professors at Heidelberg also offer constructive criticism on writing skills, which helps with the personal statement required for admission to many law schools.
"My experience in the Heidelberg History Department helped me prepare for law school in ways that many of my peers in law school were not afforded. I was taught how to extract thesis statements from scholarly books and give examples of support for the thesis throughout the books, which is no different than extracting the holdings and reasoning of a judicial body from an opinion of the court. I learned to be very concise and direct with my writing, which has helped me immensely with writing memos and case briefs. The Socratic Method employed by the professors of the history department is the same method employed by law school professors in their teaching. It greatly benefits me that I learned to come to class prepared to answer questions and defend my opinions."
Brian Cline, Class '12
Brian is currently a Graduate Assistant with the History department at Arkansas State University pursuing a Masters degree. He is assisting a professor who teaches American history and next fall will be teaching his own World History Intro course.
"Studying history at Heidelberg prepared me for my current position by dramatically improving my critical reading and writing skills, much of which can be attributed to the expertise of Dr. DeMayo and Dr. Hogan. Additionally, the small class sizes offered by Heidelberg allowed me to form beneficial relationships with my professors and fellow students."