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.
Kerry Irish, Chair
Department of History, Politics, and International Studies
414 N. Meridian St. #6208
Newberg OR 97132