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History is an encompassing discipline whose essence is in the understanding of the connectedness of historical events and human experiences. By studying History at Bushnell University, students will examine 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.

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Melisa Ortiz Berry, Ph.D.
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Melisa Ortiz Berry, Ph.D.
Program Director



Why Choose Bushnell?

The History major offers students the opportunity to study three areas: US History, World History, and the History of Christianity. Through this program we help students on their journey into a variety of fields such as teaching, law, politics, business, and library science.

Program Objectives

Graduates of this program will:

  • Participate knowledgeably in the affairs of the world around them, drawing upon understandings shaped through reading, writing, discussions, and lectures concerning the past
  • See themselves and their society from different times and places, displaying a sense of informed perspective and a mature view of human nature
  • Read and think critically, write and speak clearly and persuasively, and conduct research effectively
  • Exhibit sensitivities to human values in their own and other cultural traditions and, in turn, establish values of their own
  • Appreciate their natural and cultural environments
  • Respect scientific and technological developments and recognize their impact on humankind
  • Understand the connections between history and life

Seeking a Secondary Teaching License

Certification to teach at the secondary level in Oregon is achieved through completing an Initial Teaching License program, such as Bushnell’s Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program. The MAT program allows students to earn an initial teaching license plus a graduate degree in one year. For history majors who plan to pursue a career in secondary education, they can apply to the MAT program as completion of their undergraduate degree draws near.

Highlighted Courses

HIST 240 History of the Pacific Northwest

A study of the history of the Pacific Northwest including Native American peoples, problems and patterns of white movement to the area, acquisition by the U.S., the road to statehood and the ongoing impact of the region on the life of the nation.

HIST 310 Women in United States History

This class seeks to explore the idea that women’s history is United States history. As we survey the history of the U.S., we will use primary and secondary source material to explore how women experienced and shaped important moments and events in U.S. history as well as how women’s historical experiences have been shaped by social categories such as race, class, gender, and religion.


Beacon Points of Pride

  • 100% of traditions undergraduates students graduate with at least 135 hours of field experience
  • 190 company and school internship and field experience partners
  • The National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) reported a 100-percent pass rate for Bushnell students on the national exams (NCE & NCMHE) over the last year. Bushnell students score on average higher than the national averages on 12 of the 14 exam areas
  • According to EDsmart.org, a nationally recognized publisher of college resources and rankings, Bushnell University is ranked 2nd in the state of Oregon among fully accredited universities and colleges

Career Opportunities

Careers with a bachelor’s degree in History include:

  • 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

Internship Sites

  • Bushnell University
  • Law offices
  • Local government
  • Libraries
  • Schools

Life After Graduation

A sampling of industries our graduates are employed include:

  • Education
  • Banking
  • Law Firm
  • Customer Service
  • Hospitatility

Program Overview

Life at Bushnell

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“The Bushnell History Program is an intriguing and useful instrument for success in both educational and professional careers. The expansive content in the Bushnell History courses and the intentionality of the professors to integrate knowledge, critical thinking and concentrated skills into the curriculum prepare students for their chosen vocation."

-Emmalee Rusk '21

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"I chose Bushnell University because of the small class sizes. This allows me to have a more personal relationship with my professors than what I would have at a larger university. Furthermore, I chose my History major because I believe it is important to understand our past so that we do not make the same mistakes again."

-Cameron Binaley '22

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Meet the Faculty

Melisa Berry, Ph.D. Program Director

“Bushnell University is a space where every student is known and supported. The benefit of attending a small Christian university is that here you are not just a name on a list, but a person that our whole campus works to educate, encourage, and help to succeed.

In the history department we investigate historical topics to help train you in critical thinking, analysis, research, argumentation, and communication.”