History Major

History majors at George Fox study the discipline at one of the top Christian colleges on the West Coast.

If you’re looking for a major that gives you plenty of career options – in the arenas of academia, law, business, ministry and government, to name a few – consider George Fox University’s history program.

History majors work on developing skills in research, writing and verbal communication – skills essential for success in most any occupation. History-related careers are offered in the diplomatic corps, museums, interpretive centers, historical societies, library and government archives, and research institutions.

Our 36-credit program, taught in a Christian college environment, features four required courses and eight elective classes, so most students find they can add a second major or minor in a different field. You will work with a faculty advisor to design a major that specifically fits your career goals.

Request more information about the history major at George Fox University or schedule a visit to begin your education at Oregon's Christian university, ranked as one of the top Christian colleges in the nation by Forbes.

Jobs and Graduate School

As a history major at George Fox, several career options are open to you.

Like many liberal arts programs, a history major prepares students for a wide variety of career paths. Students are taught how to think critically and adapt to an ever-changing world. History majors can find jobs in many fields that depend upon their training in data analysis and interpretation, organization of ideas, logical thinking, problem solving, and compelling verbal and written communication.

  • Account Executive, Enterprise Holdings
  • Curator, Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum
  • High School Teacher, St. Paul High School
  • Executive Assistant, Global Investments Corp., USA
  • Middle School Teacher, Hillsboro School District
  • Program Manager, Community Youth Ministries
  • Accountant, Deloitte & Touche
  • Technical Claims Specialist, Liberty Mutual Group
  • Librarian, Salem Public Library
  • History Professor, St. Catherine University
  • Park Ranger, National Park Service
  • Associate, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
  • Cambridge University
  • Harvard Law
  • University of Notre Dame
  • Indiana University
  • Cornell Law
  • University of Virginia
  • University of Washington
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of St. Andrews
  • University of Manchester
  • Research for Climax, Newberg, Ore.
  • Public history internship at Evergreen Aviation Museum, McMinnville, Ore.
  • Independent summer research projects funded by the Richter Program
  • Teaching and research assistantships with faculty members
  • Study abroad at Oxford University
  • Public history internship at the High Desert Museum, Bend, Ore.
  • Pamphlet writer, Old Fashioned Festival, Newberg, Ore.
  • Public history internship, Oregon Trails Museum, Oregon City, Ore.

Student Experiences

Mark Putney

"In my English and history classes at George Fox University, I was challenged to think critically about tangible issues, encouraged to examine my life, and inspired by professors and peers to lead as a servant. As I interact with high school students each day in language arts and social studies classes, I strive to serve my students with the same academic rigor and relational focus instilled in me at George Fox."

- Mark Putney

Alex Salisbury

"Rarely does a day pass that I don’t use the skills learned as a history major at George Fox. I work in the business world with people who usually have their degree in another discipline such as business administration or accounting. Frequently coworkers ask me how it is that I communicate so well or relate so well to others; it is because my degree in history has given me wide knowledge of past events and the ability to communicate my knowledge."

- Alex Salisbury

Points of Distinction

  • Study history from a Christian perspective
  • Learn from professors who have won research and teaching awards
  • Explore American, European, South American, African and Asian history
  • Participate in an annual regional history conference as a student presenter
  • Undertake independent research
  • Gain experience through public history internships

Why George Fox?

Christ-centered community

Our faith influences everything we do here, from the way our professors teach to the way we relate to one another and serve in the community.

Global opportunities

More than half of George Fox undergraduate students study abroad, ranking George Fox among the nation's leaders in study abroad participation (U.S. News & World Report).

Small classes

Our 14-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio means you'll get to know your professors on a personal level.

National recognition

George Fox University is a Christian university classified by U.S. News & World Report as a first-tier regional university, and Forbes ranks George Fox among the highest Christian colleges in the country.