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Department of History & Related Fields


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Department of History & Related Fields


  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Undergraduate

125 credits

required for program

Minor Available

PSEO/Early college online classes

125 credits

125 credits

required for program

Minor Available

PSEO/Early college online classes

Learn world history, from the world of the Bible and church history, all the way through American and 21st-century world, studying under professors who are consulted internationally for their expertise. The program examines the settings and contexts of some of the most influential events in history and offers a deeper understanding of the Bible and the human experience. Foundation are built for careers in education, law, government, public administration, ministry, business, and other fields.

Why study history at Northwestern?

Northwestern’s history professors are recognized experts in their fields, ranging from the ancient world, the Middle East, modern Europe and Russia, and the United States. Our faculty members all hold terminal degrees and are published authors, in areas including the Syriac language in the Middle Eastern Church to the YMCA’s work in Russia, to religion and politics in American history. They have been recognized and included in leadership and collaborative roles in organizations such as the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the Museum of Russian Art, and the American Bible Society.

Due to small class sizes, you can engage with your professors on a deeper level, discussing class topics in their offices, as well as integrating faith into your learning environment and future professions.

Being located in the Twin Cities provides many history-related opportunities. Museums and historical archives are a short ride away, and the department sponsors field trips to get to cultural sites. Internship opportunities abound, and many students have spent time interning at the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul. The business opportunities in the Twin Cities provide many excellent opportunities for history graduates.

If you are interested in other times and other cultures, in American history and culture, and in the context of biblical times and the development of the Christian Church, the history major will provide you much to learn. Anyone who loves history and wants to learn more can find outstanding material in the major.

What will you learn?

You will learn to read well, think critically, research with understanding, write effectively, and expand your knowledge of the political, social, cultural, and religious history of a variety of geographical regions and time periods.

Interesting classes include:

  • Old Testament and New Testament Archaeology
  • The History of the Christian Church
  • The Modern Middle East
  • The History of Russia
  • The American Civil War
I would even say that having a history degree gives me a leg up in comparison to some of my fellow students as it taught me to write and helps me to understand complex situations.
Brett Tidrick

Careers in the history field

There are a variety of career and academic pathways that begin with a degree in history.

What types of work are related to this degree?

  • Public Policy or community affairs
  • City management
  • Program administration
  • Research
  • Intelligence or Foreign Service
  • Campaign management
  • Staff administration
  • Special interest advocacy
  • Lobbying
  • Administration and management
  • Fund raising or fund development
  • Grant writing or research
  • Archivist or museum work
  • Interpreter/tour guide/naturalist

Who employs people with this degree?

  • Federal, state, local governments
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Political campaigns and candidates
  • Public and private schools
  • Research and service institutions
  • Major corporations
  • Law firms
  • Colleges, universities, libraries
  • Public advocacy groups
  • National & state parks
  • International business firms
  • Historic, cultural, genealogical groups
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of seniors say their major integrates biblical perspectives


at Northwestern serve in leadership positions in national and international organizations


of seniors of seniors would advise a friend to attend UNW

Preparing for a Career

College graduation rates continue to increase each year making competition for jobs even greater. Set yourself apart from the crowd with the following strategies for getting started, networking, and gaining experience.

Strategies for success:

  • A major in history provides a broad, liberal arts education. Develop a career goal, and then obtain the skills, experiences, and education necessary to enter that field.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills are imperative for most careers related to history, politics, or government.
  • Prepare to develop a specialty area including both academic training and work experience for history related careers. Develop patience, persistence, and drive to obtain history related jobs.
  • Gain experience in fundraising and grant writing techniques. Nonprofit and educational organizations are often funded in this manner.
  • Learn to articulate the transferrable skills that history majors often possess in writing, speaking, research, and problem solving. These skills are applicable to many careers, even if they are not “related” to history.

Discover the Department of History & Related Fields

Professors at Northwestern are focused on their students first. Our faculty include experts in their respective fields who want to help you grow in your faith while you earn your degree.

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