Did you know that today’s complex issues are connected with events, people, places, and decisions from the past? If you want to strengthen your intellectual roots and deepen your perspective on life, civilization, theology, culture, and more, the History program at Multnomah is designed for you. You will develop critical reading skills, analyze differing interpretations, engage in challenging discussions, produce solid research, and sharpen your presentation skills as you evaluate the complex relationship between Christianity and global culture. As you study towards earning a B.A. in History at Multnomah University, you will be equipped to explore the riches of history to better understand the present and increase your impact in the future.

Ways to study

Undergraduate (Major or Minor) | On-campus | Study Abroad (optional)

Program concentrations

Pre-Law | Secondary Education, Social Science Emphasis

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Immerse Yourself in History by Studying Abroad

You can study European history on-site in England and France through short-term study abroad opportunities with the Multnomah History Department. As a History major, you are also able to enroll in semester abroad programs through CCCU and VERITAS. Through these programs, you can study in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Italy, Rwanda, Peru, South Africa, South Korea, or Thailand. Some people learn about history only in classrooms and books. At Multnomah, you can go experience history for yourself.

History students in Europe

Example Courses

The courses listed below are some of our featured core classes that will be a part of your educational journey here at MU. Take a look at each course for a small preview.

The study of the political, cultural, and religious experiences of minority people in North America. The focus will be on American First Nations, African Americans, and Latinos. Other minority groups will be studied when appropriate. The course will be interdisciplinary with an emphasis on original texts. Offered alternate years.

From the reign of Henry VII (1483) through the reign of Queen Ann (1714), with emphasis on dynastic development, the Reformation, Elizabethan culture, the ascendancy Parliament, and commercial expansion. Required spring break study abroad component. Travel fee required. Offered alternate years.

History of Christendom from apostolic to modern times with special attention to periods of growth and decline, doctrines and heresies, the effect on society, and the development of denominations.

A survey of the history of France during the Reformation, the Age of Absolutism, and the Enlightenment, 1515-1778. May require a spring break study abroad component. Travel fee required. Offered alternate years.

Degree Requirements

Here you will find everything you need to know about what is required to successfully complete your degree. Whether you are beginning college for the first time or are a transfer student, we’ve got you covered.

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Meet Your Professors

Faculty Headshot Daniel Scalberg
Daniel Scalberg, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, History

Program Concentrations

Acquire analytical, contextual, and communication skills that are ideal 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 applying to law school are encouraged to consult with MU’s pre-law advisor early in their undergraduate program.

Be prepared to teach the social sciences including 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.

Career Placement

Armed with skills in data analysis and interpretation, critical thinking and problem-solving, and written and verbal communication, you will be prepared for graduate-level study or move toward professional roles, including:

• Archaeologist • Diplomat • Editor
• Historic Site Curator • Journalist • Lawyer
• Librarian • Museum Curator • Researcher
• Teacher

“History is the Swiss Army Knife of education – relatively easy to acquire, endlessly handy for all disciplines in life. To study history is to train the mind to assimilate information, recognize patterns, and make judgments about what is important.”

Dr. Daniel A. Scalberg, Professor and Chair, Department of History