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You like asking questions and figuring out mysteries. When you hear a simple answer to a complex matter, you wonder if there might be more to the story. You're not afraid of complexity and ambiguity, but you find them as motivators to learn more. You love reading, writing, and thinking deeply about the human past. You enjoy studying how change happens. You are empathetic; that is, you like the challenge of learning about people who are different from you, and then trying to put yourself in their shoes. You're open to allowing newly learned information about the past to change your view of the present and even your view of yourself.

If this describes you, then the history degree at North Greenville University may be the best option for you. Here, NGU's History Department faculty members are prepared and willing to help you begin a successful career as a historian.


Major Description 


As a history major at NGU, you will spend much of your time reading books, searching for information to answer questions, evaluating information and arguments, and then organizing and interpreting evidence to support your own position.

You will learn about investigating a question or problem; contextualizing and analyzing information; viewing an event, person, idea, or organization from multiple perspectives; disagreeing with others in a respectful manner; constructing clearly written arguments to support a position; and accept ambiguity while simultaneously working toward meaningful conclusions, as well as how to apply this knowledge in your own work.

By your senior year you will have completed coursework in American, European, and global history. You will have written several term papers requiring you to read, write, and think deeply about change in human history and its implications.

Ultimately, the history degree will provide a strong education based on a biblical worldview that will prepare you for a variety of history-related pursuits.

Why a History Degree Matters




The curriculum for the History Department at NGU is organized around regions and time periods. All departmental majors begin with survey courses in American and Western civilization history, followed by a course where you learn how to write a college-level research paper.

As you continue through the program, you can select from several upper-level electives that delve deeply into more specific times and places. The upper-level electives span all of American history and most regions of the world. Geography courses are also offered through the History Department. Students are encouraged to explore the times and places that are of most interest to them personally.

Faculty Strengths


Faculty members in NGU's History Department have been educated at some of the best schools in the nation, and we pride ourselves in taking a personal interest in our students' academic success and in the launch of their careers following graduation.

Our faculty's expertises include, among others, 20th-century American political history, the American South, Appalachian history, modern Chinese history, African American history, and the history of Christianity in America.


Tracks / Concentrations


There are no tracks or concentrations for this major available at this time.




At NGU, we offer minors to complement your major. Each minor requires a minimum of 18 semester hours, which in some cases may even be used to meet the elective requirements for your major. View the full list of minors.



  • African American History Since 1877
  • African American History to 1877
  • America and the Second World War
  • American Foreign Policy
  • Civil War and Reconstruction, 1850-1877
  • Colonial America, 1492-1763
  • History of American Women
  • History of Appalachia
  • History of Christianity in America
  • History of South Carolina
  • Recent America, 1929-2001
  • Religion and Reform in 19th-Century America
  • The American Presidency
  • The American South
  • The Era of the American Revolution, 1763-1789
  • The Gilded Age to the Great Crash
  • The Young Republic, 1789-1844
  • U.S.-Latin American Relations
  • U.S.-Middle East Relations



Career Opportunities


  • Acquisition archivist 
  • Attorney 
  • Conservator 
  • Document Editor 
  • Freelance Writer
  • High School History Teacher 
  • Journalist
  • Museum Curator 
  • Museum Educator 
  • Park Ranger 
  • Processing Archivist 
  • Professor of History 
  • Reference archivist 
  • Reference Librarian 
  • Sales 
  • Software Developer 
  • Tour Guide

Postgraduate Studies


  • Armstrong Atlantic State University 
  • Clemson University 
  • College of Charleston 
  • George Mason University 
  • Hebrew University of Jerusalem 
  • Liberty University School of Law 
  • Notre Dame Law School 
  • Penn State University, Dickinson Law School 
  • University of Illinois College of Law 
  • University of South Carolina School of Law 
  • University of West Georgia
  • University of York
  • Valparaiso University Law School


Potential Employers


  • Beaufort County Schools
  • Charleston Museum
  • County of Greenville, S.C.
  • Julie Valentine Center
  • Kampgrounds of America
  • National Park Service
  • North Greenville University
  • SunTrust Bank
  • TeamHealth
  • U.S. Department of State


Learning Experience


Students who want the experience of presenting academic papers or simply seek exposure to the work historians do are frequently invited by faculty to attend and/or present at various local conferences and symposia, such as the annual meeting of the South Carolina Historical Association and the Maryville Symposium.

Public History/Local Museums

The Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site and the Upcountry History Museum are convenient historical locations nearby, where interested students have interned for history credit in the past.

Summer Enrichment Programs

Based on student interest, faculty members refer students to various summer programs for history majors aspiring to graduate work in the field, law school, or public history.

Courses & Resources


First Year Experience (1 hour) 
Composition and Rhetoric (3 hours) 
Contemporary Mathematics (3 hours) 
Introduction to Information Technology (3 hours) 
Western Civilization to 1715 (3 hours) 
Foreign language course (3 hours) 
Composition and Literature (3 hours) 
Western Civilization Since 1715 (3 hours) 
Fitness and Wellness (3 hours) 
Introduction to Political Science (3 hours) 
Foreign language course (3 hours)

*In addition to the courses listed for this major, every student at NGU will take chapel and cultural events each semester of full-time enrollment for up to eight semesters.


Oral Communication (3 hours) 
Introduction to Historical Research and Writing (3 hours) 
Foreign language course (3 hours) 
U.S. History to 1865 (3 hours) 
Old Testament Survey (3 hours) 
Fine Arts Elective (3 hours) 
Social Science Elective (3 hours) 
English Literature Elective (3 hours) 
Foreign language course (3 hours) 
U.S. History Since 1865 (3 hours) 
New Testament Survey (3 hours)

*In addition to the courses listed for this major, every student at NGU will take chapel and cultural events each semester of full-time enrollment for up to eight semesters.


Biology elective (4 hours) 
Physical science elective (4 hours) 
History electives (18 hours) 
Introduction to Philosophy (3 hours) 
American National Government OR Introduction to International Relations (3 hours)

*In addition to the courses listed for this major, every student at NGU will take chapel and cultural events each semester of full-time enrollment for up to eight semesters.


Senior Seminar (3 hours) 
History electives (9 hours) 
Open electives (15 hours) 
Senior Thesis (3 hours)

*In addition to the courses listed for this major, every student at NGU will take chapel and cultural events each semester of full-time enrollment for up to eight semesters.

Program Objectives


  • Identify and explain the relationship between major events, key developments, prominent individuals, and influential ideas in American history, European history, and global history.
  • Critically analyze primary and secondary sources and incorporate them into your written research.
  • Construct a clear, coherent, and convincing argument in support of a topic of historical significance.
  • Analyze historical and political events from a Christian worldview.





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