History Department - George Fox University
History Department - George Fox University
History Department - George Fox University
History Department - George Fox University

      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 selection of courses

      Compared to other institutions of our size, we offer a considerable variety of classes over an extensive chronological and geographical range. Our faculty also employ various different pedagogical methods including role-immersion. 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, Lithuania, the Middle East, or one of many other locales.   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 admissions site.

      If you need additional information or have any questions, we would love to hear from you.

      Please contact:
      Caitlin Corning, PhD 
      Chair, Department of History and Politics 
      414 N. Meridian St. #6244
      Newberg OR 97132
      503-554-3899 (fax)

      Cydney ThompsonHistory alumna Cydney Thompson (2015)  completed her Master's of Philosophy in Public History and Cultural Heritage at Trinity College Dublin in Dublin, Ireland, and has accepted a role in the Digital Collections Department at the Chester Beatty Library in Dublin.

      “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.”

      Joel Grey History & Politics alumnus Joel Grey (Class of 2016)

      “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.”