History Major (BA)

History majors at George Fox study the discipline at one of the top Christian colleges on the West Coast.


If you’re looking for a major that gives you plenty of career options – in the arenas of academia, law, business, ministry and government, to name a few – consider George Fox University’s history program.

History majors work on developing skills in research, writing and verbal communication – skills essential for success in most any occupation. History-related careers are offered in the diplomatic corps, museums, interpretive centers, historical societies, library and government archives, and research institutions.

Our 36-credit program, taught in a Christian college environment, features four required courses and eight elective classes, so most students find they can add a second major or minor in a different field. You will work with a faculty advisor to design a major that specifically fits your career goals.

Jobs and Graduate School

As a history major at George Fox, several career options are open to you.

Like many liberal arts programs, a history major prepares students for a wide variety of career paths. Students are taught how to think critically and adapt to an ever-changing world. History majors can find jobs in many fields that depend upon their training in data analysis and interpretation, organization of ideas, logical thinking, problem solving, and compelling verbal and written communication.

  • Account Executive, Enterprise Holdings
  • Curator, Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum
  • High School Teacher, St. Paul High School
  • Executive Assistant, Global Investments Corp., USA
  • Middle School Teacher, Hillsboro School District
  • Program Manager, Community Youth Ministries
  • Accountant, Deloitte & Touche
  • Technical Claims Specialist, Liberty Mutual Group
  • Librarian, Salem Public Library
  • History Professor, St. Catherine University
  • Park Ranger, National Park Service
  • Associate, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
  • Cambridge University
  • Harvard Law
  • University of Notre Dame
  • Indiana University
  • Cornell Law
  • University of Virginia
  • University of Washington
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of St. Andrews
  • University of Manchester
  • Research for Climax, Newberg, Ore.
  • Public history internship at Evergreen Aviation Museum, McMinnville, Ore.
  • Independent summer research projects funded by the Richter Program
  • Teaching and research assistantships with faculty members
  • Study abroad at Oxford University
  • Public history internship at the High Desert Museum, Bend, Ore.
  • Pamphlet writer, Old Fashioned Festival, Newberg, Ore.
  • Public history internship, Oregon Trails Museum, Oregon City, Ore.
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Major Requirements

Core requirements (12 hours)

Complete the following:

An introduction to the basic skills, methods, and resources of historical scholarship; the types of historical literature and scholarship; Christian foundations for historical interpretation; historical schools of interpretation; and the uses of historical scholarship.
The course examines the methods professional historians use in writing history and the main currents in American historiography through the reading of America's most influential historians. Working closely with the instructor, students are required to write a research paper based on primary sources. The paper will be permanently retained by the history faculty.

Choose one of the following:

A survey of Western civilization from the ancient world through the Reformation and religious wars, including attention to the origins and development of religious, political, and economic life and ideas.
A survey of European civilization from early modern Europe to the present day. Special attention is given to the political, economic, and religious developments that continue to influence European society and its role in world events.

Choose one of the following:

The first half of a two-semester survey of American history. The course surveys historical development from human origins in North America through the founding of the United States to the end of the Civil War.
The second half of a two-semester survey of American history. The course surveys historical development in the United States beginning with Reconstruction of the nation during and after the Civil War and continuing through contemporary times.

Electives (24 hours)

Complete the following:

History (HIST) Course Descriptions

Student Experiences

Mark Putney

"In my English and history classes at George Fox University, I was challenged to think critically about tangible issues, encouraged to examine my life, and inspired by professors and peers to lead as a servant. As I interact with high school students each day in language arts and social studies classes, I strive to serve my students with the same academic rigor and relational focus instilled in me at George Fox."

- Mark Putney

Alex Salisbury

"Rarely does a day pass that I don’t use the skills learned as a history major at George Fox. I work in the business world with people who usually have their degree in another discipline such as business administration or accounting. Frequently coworkers ask me how it is that I communicate so well or relate so well to others; it is because my degree in history has given me wide knowledge of past events and the ability to communicate my knowledge."

- Alex Salisbury

Emma Reid

“I found mentors and role models in my history professors, and I was stretched and challenged academically. Even as I worked on intimidating research projects, I couldn’t help but feel thrilled because I really love what I was studying. George Fox gave me a very holistic experience. My mind, heart and spirit all grew.”

- Emma Reid

Points of Distinction

  • Study history from a Christian perspective
  • Learn from professors who have won research and teaching awards
  • Explore American, European, South American, African and Asian history
  • Participate in an annual regional history conference as a student presenter
  • Undertake independent research
  • Gain experience through public history internships

Why George Fox?

Christ-centered community

Our faith influences everything we do here, from the way our professors teach to the way we relate to one another and serve in the community.

Global opportunities

More than half of George Fox undergraduate students study abroad, ranking George Fox among the nation's leaders in study abroad participation (U.S. News & World Report).

Small classes

Our 14-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio means you'll get to know your professors on a personal level.

National recognition

George Fox University is a Christian university classified by U.S. News & World Report as a first-tier national university, and Forbes ranks George Fox among the highest Christian colleges in the country.