Alumni


Our graduates have gone on to serve in schools and churches across the country, graduate schools such as Harvard, Columbia, and Penn State, and as business leaders in a variety of fields, including oil and natural gas.  Take a moment to learn about the department from the people who know it best, our alumni.

 

prather_natalie.jpgNatalie Bach-Prather


B.A. in English and B.A. in History from East Texas Baptist University, 2008

Master of Arts with an emphasis in Public History, S.F.A, 2012

Natalie is the Head Coach of East Texas Baptist University's Cross Country Teams for both women and men.

 

How have you used the things you learned at ETBU, particularly in the Humanities or your studies in the Liberal Arts, in your current career or in Graduate School?

I have always loved history, hence the reason for obtaining a Bachelor of Arts at ETBU. It wasn't until I took Historiography as an undergrad, that I discovered my love for local histories. In that class I truly learned how to conduct in-depth research which helped me tremendously in Grad school. I also learned many simple techniques and life skills such as speed reading, how to put together a Turabian bibliography, and how to efficiently study.

What advice would you give students, or parents of students, considering a degree in History or Political Science from ETBU?

I believe that the History and Political Science departments have excellent instructors with a great knowledge of their fields. They will fully prepare you if you have a desire to continue in a Master's degree.

What advice would you give students pursuing a degree in History or Political Science from ETBU?

My suggestion is take the time to get to know and talk to the professors because they care about everyone that comes through their departments and have a passion for what they do. And talking to them can help one get a better understanding of topics they may be struggling with.


Link to Natalie's work:

www.sfasu.edu/heritagecenter/4042.asp



dseals.jpgDonny Seals


B.A. Graduate, 1999, M.A. Baylor, 2001, Additional Graduate Work at the University of Mississippi

Donny is the chair of the History and Government Department at Kilgore College in Kilgore TX.  He currently lives in Marshall with his wife, Amanda, who is also an ETBU alum, and their two children.  See Donny's advice for current ETBU history majors or for those considering a history degree.

How have you used the things you learned at ETBU, particularly in the Humanities or your studies in the Liberal Arts, in your current career? 

I teach history at Kilgore College, where I also serve as department chair, so the Liberal Arts courses I completed at ETBU have proven critical in laying the foundation for my career.

What Advice would you give students, or parents of students, considering a degree in History or Political Science from ETBU?

The Liberal Arts coursework that I completed at ETBU did more than simply help me acquire a knowledge base from which to launch a career. Rather, it also inspired me to ask essential questions about the society in which I lived and even the household in which I was raised. My search for the answers to these questions still continue today, and has steered my life in a direction toward a fulfilling career and life, as well as making me a better human being.

What advice would you give students currently pursuing a degree in History or Political Science from ETBU?

I would encourage students to enter the program with a mindset focused on obtaining a better understanding of the world in which they live. This will make the educational experience much more rewarding in the end.