Forward-Facing. History. 


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Study history through a Christian lens and elevate your perspective on what lies ahead. 

Ranked College in SC
On WalletHub’s list of “Best Colleges in South Carolina” (2021)
Average Class Size
Collaborate with your peers. Network with your professors. Connect to countless resources and career opportunities. All thanks to NGU’s smaller class sizes.
Explore nearly 20 elective courses as diverse as history itself: American, African, European, Middle Eastern, Latin, Colonial, Christian, Woman’s, Modern history and more.

Study History to Move the World Forward

Studying history isn’t about getting stuck in the past. It’s about critical thinking. Problem-solving. Empathy. Perspective. And respect. Gaining a better understanding of our past helps ensure a brighter vision for our future.

Prepare to enter one of the many history-based professions. Teacher, archivist, and librarian, of course. But also, attorney, author, journalist, curator, conservationist, and more.

What Can I Do with a Bachelor’s Degree in History?

History is a captivating field that explores the past, analyzes human experiences, and provides valuable insights into our present and future. By studying history, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of societies, cultures, and events that have shaped our world.

Through research, analysis, and interpretation of historical sources, you’ll uncover narratives, challenge assumptions, and offer diverse perspectives. Embrace the richness of history as you unravel untold stories, learn from the successes and failures of the past, and contribute to a broader understanding of our shared human heritage.



History Teacher

Museum Curator

Non-Profit Coordinator or Fundraiser


Experience Learning for the Past, Present, and Future


Expand your network. Experience the work of real-life, modern-day historians. Even gain exposure as you present academic papers. All thanks to local conferences and events based in the field of history. From the South Carolina Historical Association to the Maryville Symposium, there’s always something to attend. 









Enjoy the rich, local history and bring your studies to life. Explore the Carl Sandburg Home and the Upcountry History Museum. Visit the Biltmore Estate and a variety of nearby museums. Enjoy countless opportunities to learn, discover, and even intern – all while earning course credit. 










Summer Enrichment Programs

Invest your summers and elevate your future with help from NGU’s dedicated faculty. Want to pursue graduate-level studies after completing your degree? Or do you dream of diving straight into the workforce? Whatever your plans, we’ll connect you to summer programs designed to help you meet your goals. 

History Beside Experienced & Faithful Historians

Paul Thompson, Jr., PhD
Dean, College of Humanities and Sciences
David Bell, MA
Instructor, History
Kayla Black, EdD
Assistant Professor, Honors and History
Brendan J.J. Payne, PhD
Department Chair, History
Paul Yandle, PhD
Associate Professor, History

Study History as God’s Story

History Year 1

Year 1 Sample Courses

  • Introduction to Information Technology
  • Western Civilization to 1715/Since 1715
  • Foreign Language
  • Composition and Literature
  • Introduction to Political Science
History Year 2

Year 2 Sample Courses

  • Foreign Language
  • U.S. History to 1865/Since 1865
  • Fine Arts
  • Social Science
  • English Literature
History Year 3

Year 3 Example Courses

  • Physical Science
  • History
  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • American National Government
  • Introduction to International Relations
History Year 4

Year 4 Sample Courses

  • Senior Seminar
  • History
  • Senior Thesis

Elevate Your Perspective

You’ll also take Chapel for the first seven semesters, and Cultural Events for the first four semesters. This is the NGU difference, how you find your peak performance and elevate your perspective, intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually.

Have Questions about the History Program?

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Brendan J.J. Payne, PhD

Department Chair, History
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