History is an encompassing discipline whose essence is in the understanding of the connectedness of historical events and human experiences.

By examining the causes, contexts, and chronologies of past events, you’ll gain an understanding of the nature of continuity and change in human experiences as well as achieve new insights into contemporary events and issues. The history major prepares you for a wide variety of career choices such as further graduate work in history, further studies in law, business, medicine, and ministry and in all professions that demand the knowledge, understanding, perspective, skills, and sensitivities one gains through studying history.

Career Opportunities

A history major can be used in pursuit of careers in:

  • Teaching
  • Lawyer and legal fields
  • Government
  • Politics
  • Journalism
  • Ministry
  • Cultural and archival management
  • Librarian
  • Professor
  • National Park Service
  • National Archives and Records
  • Museums and art galleries
  • Historical societies

Campus Activities

To learn about the cultures and histories of a people first hand, students may take part in study programs in Oxford, Australia, China, Russia, and Uganda as well as programs in Latin America, the Middle East, and at the Los Angeles Film Studies Center.

Bushnell University Graduates

Recent graduates have gone on to graduate programs in Education, and gone into career fields such as corrections, ministry, editors in the field of book publishing, and taken positions as high school teachers across the state of Oregon.

Courses in the History Major

Prerequisites for History:

  • Choose three credits from:
    • History of Western Civilization or World History
  • Ideas Matter: Engaging American Thought & Culture
  • One year of college-level proficiency in a foreign language

Requirements for History

Category One: History of the U.S. & the Americas

  • Choose two courses from the following:
    • History of the Pacific Northwest
    • Studies in American History
    • History of American International Relations
    • Leadership of US Presidents

Category Two: European History

  • Choose two courses from the following:
    • History of Christianity I & II
    • Ancient Near Eastern and Mediterranean Civilizations
    • Modern European Culture and the World
    • Studies in European History

Category Three: Non-Western History

  • Choose two courses from the following:
    • Studies in Non-Western History
    • History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict
    • Latin American Civilization
    • History of Modern East Asia
  • Choose two additional courses from one of the above categories
  • Historical Methods and Research
  • Internship
  • Senior Capstone
  • Choose any courses from the following (5 credits):
    • Christianity in America
    • History of Theology
    • Introduction to Business and Entrepreneurship
    • Survey of American Literature
    • Survey of British Literature
    • World Literature
    • Cultural Geography
    • Special Topics
    • History of Mathematics
    • Survey of Music History
    • History of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy
    • History of Modern and Contemporary Philosophy
    • Additional classes from categories above, not used to meet other requirements

Courses in the Minor

Prerequisites for the Minor

  • Completion of the General Education world and American culture sequences

Requirements for the Minor

  • Historical Methods and Research
  • One course from each of the history categories listed in the major