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Since graduating from LSSU's Communication program in 2008, Ben has enjoyed success in the insurance industry due in part to the skills he learned at LSSU. He currently is an Operations Supervisor for Farmers Insurance Group in Grand Rapids, MI and leads a team of 15 in a direct to customer contact center. The department plays a major role in Farmer's market strategy by supporting the local agent distribution channel with extended hours via phone and chat. "The interpersonal and organizational communication skills I learned at LSSU are used on a daily basis in insurance. Insurance is an intangible product that is more of an interpersonal relationship between the policy holder and the company", says Ben. "My primary job is coaching team members to effectively analyze and communicate complex situations in a way our customers understand using straightforward and proactive interaction models. The curriculum at LSSU not only prepared in my current job, but also prepared me to know how to transfer these skills to my team."

Ben Momber - BA Communication 2008

College of Arts, Letters and Social Sciences

School of Social Sciences

History Department

Mission

The mission of the department of History at Lake Superior State University is to teach history to our undergraduates. Our program emphasizes the acquisition of historical knowledge, exploring various methods of inquiry, and issues of diversity. Our focus is on North America and Europe, but we also introduce our students to world history including courses and units on Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East. In addition, our courses include segments on various political, social, cultural, and intellectual themes. The program also introduces students to the aspects of gender and diversity as they relate to history. We include surveys of major historical debates and themes. The history program is also closely linked to our geography program with our majors and minors pursuing courses in regional, historical, economic, and cultural geography.

Outcomes for Students

  • To be able to know, understand and communicate historical and geographical knowledge.
  • To be able to recognize and use major historical themes.
  • To be able to use methods of inquiry in historical and geographical research.
  • To become aware of cultural bias.
  • To contribute, through their understanding of the economic, social, political, and geographical factors in historical development, to the community.

Our primary goal

To contribute to their career preparation and worth as a citizen by introducing them to basic historical interpretations, constructs of diversity, and the social, political, and economic issues related to our pluralistic society

Action

  • The History program is structured to accomplish our student outcome goals by:
  • Providing an understanding of historical development and the various interpretations of that development.
  • Invite discussion and participation is discussions of the interpretations.
  • Studying historical change in an intellectual environment that is supportive.
  • Challenging each student to examine their assumptions and understandings of historical developments.
  • Guiding students in conducting independent research and presenting their research to local and state historical audiences.
  • Creating a forum for the students to present and discuss their research.
  • Assessing outcomes to enable us to continue to develop our program and courses.

 

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