Department of History Alumni


Graduates with a history major have enjoyed successful careers in a variety of fields. Here are a few examples:ship


Holly Haworth '94, associate at Broad and Cassel, P.A.

Rollins College awakened in me an excitement for learning and an appreciation for differing points of view. As a history major, I was able to exercise and refine my expressive abilities by participating in classroom discussions and by toiling through numerous writing assignments. I found the curriculum at Rollins to be challenging, yet relevant. Rollins' small classes and engaging professors encouraged me to expand my mental boundaries and gain a fuller understanding of the world, both past and present. And, on a practical level, the courses I took at Rollins helped me develop the skills that I would need to succeed in law school.

After graduating from Rollins, I attended the University of Florida College of Law and today I practice corporate law in Orlando with a statewide law firm. When reviewing my life to date, I consider my years at Rollins to be time well spent. At Rollins, I gained not only a broad base of knowledge, I also developed confidence in my ideas and abilities. In short, Rollins enriched my life.

LondonGil Klein '72, national correspondent with Media General Newspapers

It is an old saying in the newspaper business that journalism is the first draft of history. That is one reason why I chose to go into the field. It's a way to study history as it happens -- not to mention a way to study it without getting stuck in a library. I have been fortunate that my reporting has put me in the middle of events that will be studied for decades to come by students toiling through a class in Late 20th Century America. I was covering the White House for President Bush's summit with Mikhail Gorbachev, the collapse of communism, and the Persian Gulf War. As an officer and president of the National Press Club, I introduced some of the key players in the liberation of Eastern Europe, including the only elected president of East Germany who presented me with a piece of the Berlin Wall. And I presided over a luncheon with Nelson Mandela, who surely will be remembered as one of the great figures of the decade. I was assigned to Capitol Hill for the fight over President Clinton's health care bill, the Republican Revolution, Clinton's impeachment and trial, and the hand wringing over the military conflict in Yugoslavia.

Real journalism -- not tabloid journalism -- requires a good grounding in history. A journalist should be an educator who can put events into their historical context. How can one write about Kosovo, for example, without understanding the battles against Muslim expansion into Europe in the 15th century, the Balkan Wars of the late 19th century, the killing of the Archduke Ferdinand by a Serbian nationalist, Russia's long-standing alliance with Serbia, the intra-Balkan conflicts of World War II, and the role of Marshall Tito in keeping Yugoslavia together? And on Feb. 15, 1998, I was perhaps the only journalist in America to write a front-page story for all of my papers on the historical significance of the Spanish-American War, making it the genesis for everything from U.S. involvement in World War II, to the Vietnam War, to peace-keeping operations in Bosnia. I had been waiting 30 years for that opportunity.

Art Sesselberg '86, senior manager premium sales, Random House Inc.World War 11

My Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Rollins provided me with the perfect foundation for my career in sales and marketing.Beyond instilling excellent research, analytical and written skills, I also learned to organize my thoughts and present them in both verbal and written formats. In today's business world with use of the computer, email and multimedia, these skills are critical to maximizing effectiveness, and success.

In addition to benefits in my career, I would be remiss if I did not point out that Professor's Levis, Lane, Edmondson, and others imparted to me a real love for history. Non-fiction books are my favorites, and I serve on the board of our local library!

 To be conscious that you are ignorant
of the facts is a great step to knowledge.

- Benjamin Disraeli (1804-81)