Photo used with permission from Department of Special Collections and University Archives, Marquette University Libraries

"The Incomparable Hildegarde" (full name Hildegarde Loretta Sell) studied music at Marquette in the mid-1920s and went on to become a internationally known singer and entertainer. She performed almost up to her death in 2005, winning acclaim for her concerts and radio and television appearances. The MU library owns many of her papers and scrapbooks.

What can you do with your history major: Society and Culture

Whether one is primarily concerned with domestic or international social issues, a History major is a valuable compliment to many other degrees in the Humanities. For students interested in graduate school, cultural or social history remain popular fields in U.S., European and Global studies. For those students drawn more to social or pastoral work, environmental studies, NGOs, public history, VISTA, the Peace Corps or other social or cultural career options, a History major provides the oral, written and cognitive skills that are highly desired by employers in these fields. Moreover, a History graduate will have developed the historical and cultural background necessary to confidently interact with a broad range of peoples, conditions and situations – again, the kinds of abilities employers find desirable.

"One of the deepest impulses in man is the impulse to record, - to scratch a drawing on a tusk or keep a diary, to collect sagas and heap cairns. This instinct as to the enduring value of the past is, one might say, the very basis of civilization."

- John Jay Chapman, Memories and Milestones

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