Why Study History at George Fox?
A Christ-Centered Education
The History Program is dedicated to helping our majors become thoughtful, mature Christian thinkers who can contribute to their world in a variety of professions. We believe that the study of history reveals the complexity of human affairs as God's image bearers work out the implications of humankind's fallen condition and Christ's redemptive work in the world. By studying history, we understand better the need for Christ-centered lives and a Christ-centered culture.
Flexible programs designed to meet your interests and career goals
The history major is a 36-credit hour program with only four required courses, leaving room for eight elective classes. Most students also find they can add a second major or a minor in a different field. This means that each student in the program works with a faculty advisor to design a major which specifically fits his or her future goals whether that be a career in public history, academia, law, education, business, or wherever else God leads.
A talented, award-winning faculty
The department has talented faculty of professional historians who are scholars in their fields and also excellent teachers. Caitlin Corning and Kerry Irish have each been chosen as undergraduate teachers of the year. Paul Otto and Corning have been chosen multiple times for Who's Who Among America's Teachers. Our faculty have also received numerous grants and participate in national and international professional societies. Each of the full-time history faculty has been published in his or her field of specialty.
A broad range of courses
Compared to many institutions of our size, we offer a wide variety of classes over an extensive chronological and geographical range. Just some of the many choices include Classical Greece, Revolutionary America, Modern Russia, and War and Conscience in America.
See George Fox University History Professor Kerry Irish's C-SPAN Lecture.
Numerous study abroad and internship possibilities
Study for a semester in England, Russia, Egypt, or China. Spend a semester in Washington, DC, as an intern for a senator. Intern at a local archive or museum. Work on an archeological dig. Become involved with Mercy Corps. These are some of the opportunities our students have experienced. Our department is dedicated to helping you broaden your experience beyond Newberg through numerous study abroad and internship possibilities.
Prospective students can get info about our history major on our undergraduate admisisons site.
Paul Otto, Chair
Department of History, Politics, and International Studies
414 N. Meridian St. #6244
Newberg OR 97132
History alumna Cydney Thompson (2015) is using her degree to make history more accessible to visitors at the Franklin County Historical Museum in Pasco, Wash. Thompson recently helped facilitate a redesign of the museum’s exhibit space and is responsible for manning the museum’s office and digitizing accession records.
“My history degree taught me how to research and analyze information and how to think critically and ask the right questions. My professors encouraged and nurtured my storyteller’s heart and gave me the tools to use research to support my storytelling. This has been crucial as I have worked to develop an exhibit space that honors and balances the narratives of the people of the county.”
“I had an interview on Tuesday. Right at the beginning (and several times after), the manager mentioned she also had majored in history and political science. We talked about the degree and the skills it gives one. About an hour later she offered me the position. I’m fairly certain my degree was a crucial element of her decision. So, thank you to all of you for a wonderful experience in college and now helping me get a job.”