History Degree

Do you enjoy traveling, browsing bookstores, learning languages, developing genealogies, exploring museums, reading biographies, analyzing maps and searching libraries? If so, you would fit perfectly into our history program.

This major is designed for students who desire an in-depth perspective on the movements that brought about Western Civilization and a deeper appreciation of their intellectual heritage. To provide additional research experience, students complete courses in historical method, reading and conference, and guided research. As a result, this program provides excellent preparation for a diverse array of careers as well as graduate studies in the humanities and history.

What can you do with a history degree? 

View your options here.

Program concentrations

  • Pre-Law

    Acquire analytical, contextual, and communication skills that are at a premium in the legal profession. Use general education and history elective hours to take courses in political science, business law and ethics and American history. Students seriously considering application to law school are encouraged to consult with MU's pre-law advisor early in their undergraduate program.

  • Secondary Education Social Science Emphasis

    Prepare to teach in multiple areas of social science content (economics, history, geography, and political science). History majors planning on pursuing a Master of Arts in Teaching degree (MAT)  will work with their history department advisor to choose history courses that best support their career goals. 

Points of distinction

  • Focus on the integration of faith and learning
  • In contrast to other programs, history employs the liberal arts for understanding and evaluating the complex relationship between Christianity and culture. Courses in European and American history emphasize critical reading, discussion, and analysis of differing interpretations.
  • Study European history on-site in England and France
  • Participate in an academic history conference as a student presenter
  • Engage in independent historical research
  • Study history from a Christian perspective
  • Explore the meeting points of history and historiography
  • Study Early Modern manuscripts located in the British Library

Degree requirements

View the course layouts here.

Real-world learning opportunities

  • Study abroad programs in London, Paris and more
  • Internship at the Oregon Historical Society
  • Internship at State of Oregon Archives
  • Summer independent study
  • Archive internship Multnomah University Library
  • Internship at the Bureau of Land Management 
  • Research internship at Gorra Research

Costs and financial aid

Tuition for 2016-17 is $23,120/per year.

View cost details and financial aid options here.