Multnomah University


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.

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. 

Job Outlook

Like many liberal arts programs, a history major prepares students for a 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.

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


You will graduate with:

  • A thorough understanding of data analysis and interpretation
  • Excellent critical and logical thinking skills
  • The ability to skillfully organize ideas and solve complex problems
  • A compelling verbal and written communication style

Common Career Paths

  • Archivist
  • Archeologist
  • Campaign worker
  • Congressional aide
  • Diplomat
  • Editor
  • Historic site curator
  • Indexer
  • Journalist
  • Lawyer
  • Legal assistant
  • Librarian
  • Museum curator
  • Personnel manager
  • Researcher
  • Teacher
  • Tour guide

Positions MU history majors have held

  • Academic Content Developer at Gorra Research in Los Angeles, Calif.
  • Contract Specialist, Bureau of Land Management
  • Graduate Teaching Fellow, University of Connecticut
  • High School teacher in Los Gatos-Saratoga, Calif.
  • Legal Researcher, Law Office of Robert L. Wolf in Portland, Ore.
  • Program Coordinator, Focus on the Family
  • Social Service Coordinator, International Teams in London, England
  • Student Services Assistant, Western Seminary
  • University Librarian, William Jessup University

Graduate schools to which MU history majors have been accepted

  • Azusa Pacific University
  • Biola University
  • Concordia University
  • Fresno Pacific University
  • Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
  • George Fox University
  • Grand Canyon University
  • Idaho State University
  • Indiana University
  • Marquette University
  • North Texas State University
  • Portland State University
  • St. Johns' College Oxford
  • Trinity Evangelical Seminary
  • Union Theological Seminary
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Oregon
  • University of North Carolina
  • Washington State University
  • Wheaton College Graduate School

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

Next Steps

Meet Your Professors

  • Dr. Daniel Scalberg Dr. Daniel Scalberg Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences, History Department Chair