Multnomah University


Why Major In History?

Do you enjoy browsing bookstores, exploring libraries, learning a second language, preparing family genealogy, planning travel, reading biographies, using maps, and visiting museums? If so, you should seriously consider majoring in history. The Multnomah University history major is designed for students who desire and in-depth perspective on the movements that brought about Western Civilization and deeper appreciation of their intellectual heritage. 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. As a result the major provides preparation for further graduate studies in the humanities, social sciences, and history.

What can you do with a major in history?

Among the jobs and career paths you can consider are:
archivist, archaeologist, campaign worker, congressional aide, diplomat, editor, foreign-service officer, historic site curator, indexer, journalist, lawyer, legal assistant, librarian, minister, missionary, museum curator, personnel manager, public relations staffer, researcher, teacher, tour guide, translator, writer, etc. 

Program Options

  • History Major

    The history 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, majors complete courses in historical method, reading and conference, and guided research. As a result, this major provides preparation for further graduate studies in the humanities and history.
  • 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 the Multnomah University 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. 

Are study abroad program opportunities available?

Several study abroad opportunities are available to Multnomah history undergraduates. Among these are the Multnomah University history department short term spring semester study abroad programs in Paris and London. In addition, study abroad programs are available to Multnomah history majors through the CCCU summer term abroad programs and the Jerusalem University College semester abroad program. Contact the history department chair for more details.

Will Multnomah’s history major qualify me for admission to graduate school?

YES! Here is a partial list of accredited colleges and universities that have admitted Multnomah University history alumni for graduate study: Azusa Pacific University, Biola University, Concordia University, Fresno Pacific University, Cordon-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.

Need more information?

Contact Daniel Scalberg, Ph.D. at

Meet Your Professors

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

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