Tysen had to work under very primitive conditions to assemble his audition tape for his application portfolios. If you'd like to read more about what this outstanding humanities alum is doing, including more photos of his journey, check out his blog.
I am currently enrolled at Iowa State University in the doctoral program in Agricultural History and Rural Studies. As I am just starting out in this program, I am mainly just taking two seminars (Southern Antebellum Agricultural History and Middle Ages History) and an upper level class (Early Modern European Economic History). I hope to focus my dissertation on an Early Modern French community as it transformed during the Industrial Revolution. However, that could change. After I earn my doctorate in History, I desire to teach college students.
The Humanities program has helped me immensely. Anyone who is a History major can tell you that writing effectively is a large part of the program. The Humanities program helped me with this. In Humanities 282W with Professor Dyer I really began to learn to write to an audience. Sure, I could type up a paper with little difficulty before, but through his class I learned to incorporate energy into my writings. Then, in both of my classes with Professor Larsson (Humanities 282W [the other one] and Global Humanities II), I began to further my presentation skills. Both of these skills are essential to my success in graduate school as well as my future career in teaching. However, the program has helped me in a different way too. I always felt like I was missing something in my History classes. I felt like I was getting the facts, but not the story. The Humanities program benefited my greatly in this respect. For instance, I not only knew that King Leopold claimed the Belgian Congo as his own and did with it as he wished, but I also was able to understand the social environment that the native people were forced to undertake.
MSU Alum: Humanities Minor
Currently I'm studying at University of Wisconsin Madison in the Graduate School for Library and Information Sciences. I work in the UW Geography Map Library doing aerial photo meta-data database entry for the Baldwin Grant Project. I also work at the United States Geological Survey National Wildlife Health Center Publications Warehouse retrieving and cataloging research resources. Although I enjoy my jobs immensely, I hope to begin working with children at a local public library soon as the field I'm studying for is in the Children and Young Adult Youth Services area.
My Humanities classes at MSU were full of incredible amounts of information. I really got to study, learn and understand various aspects of several different cultures. The depth and dimension in which various cultures are explored in these classes is invaluable. Learning about a cultures history, art, religion, language, people and literature gives you so much to work with in every area of your life. I have a greater understanding of the people I interact with, the literature I read, the art I see and the opinions I discuss with others. My Humanities courses opened the world up to me and I feel much more knowledgeable and at ease when interacting with businesses and people across the world. I'm proud to say that my undergraduate minor has been just as valuable to me as my major.
MSU Junior: English Literature Major and Humanities Minor
I cannot stress enough the importance of including Humanities classes in whatever program you choose. I have moved from a pre-professional degree to economics, and finally have settled in the Lit. program. In taking the Humanities courses I have learned that you absolutely cannot study any field without being affected by the Humanities. Everything we do today is done in the Global world and every person we encounter in our day to day lives comes from a different religion, culture, or purely location. Through studying the humanities I have gained greater understanding of not only the past cultures of our globe but how they affect the people living in it today, which allow me to be a more marketable person when I leave this academic setting.
After completing my BA, I was excited to begin my pursuit of a graduate degree at MSUM. In the fall of 2009, I began my Master’s Degree in English Studies with an emphasis in contemporary multi-cultural literature, combined with a certificate to teach English as a second language (TESL). Both aspects of my graduate pursuits were greatly influenced by my experience in the Humanities program at MSUM.
In the Humanities classes I took at the undergraduate level, I was exposed to many writings, readings, and philosophies from a variety of cultural backgrounds. Not only did involvement in Humanities provide exposure to diverse people and ideas, but it also offered a background and history that enhanced my reading and comprehension of diverse literature. Ultimately, my Humanities background was what led me to want to pursue a graduate degree that was a combination of studying and teaching within a multi-cultural environment.
MSU Senior: English Literature Major and Humanities Minor
The humanities classes I have taken at MSU have exposed me to many diverse cultures and people that have shaped the world as we know it. I have seen the ancient Chinese through Professor Hagen, the modernists through Solo, and the Classic painters and writers of the west through Sue Johnston. In each of these classes I have been given a glimpse outside of a set of discipline and seen many different aspects relating to the time, place, and people that shaped history. The humanities coures have shown me more about history and trends than any history class that I have ever taken. In these coures, I have gained an appreciation of events outside of literature and how they had a direct effect on what was written and why.
I love humanities because I love people, culture, religion and art. I want to know what makes a society work and what makes it fail. Traditions, rituals, family life and how they relate to or differ from our own. The humanities program has shown me how vast the sea of culture is in this world and I want to see it all.
The humanities program is helping me prepare for a lifetime of goals that I am working toward. Each class lets us step into the world of the culture and learn a little about what drives the societies in day to day life. The program is helping ready me for a life of travel and teaching; I plan to gain first hand experience to prepare myself for teaching at the collegiate level in the US and abroad. Eastern Asian is of special interest to me and I want to become an expert in their traditions, customs, language, lifestyle, art and philosophies.