Forward-Facing. History. 

History Program

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

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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.
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Electives
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.

Experience Learning for the Past, Present, and Future

Conferences

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. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Museums

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

Brendan J.J. Payne, PhD
Assistant Professor of History
David Bell, MA
Instructor of History
Kayla Black, EdD
Associate Professor of Honors and History
Paul Yandle, PhD
Associate Professor of History
H. Paul Thompson, Jr., PhD
Professor of History
Jeff Cook, PhD
Professor of History

Study History as God’s Story

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  • History Year 1

    Year 1 Example Courses

    • Composition & Rhetoric
    • Contemporary Mathematics
    • Intro to Information Technology
    • Western Civilization to 1715/Since 1715
    • Foreign Language Courses
    • Composition & Literature
    • Fitness & Wellness
    • Intro to Political Science
  • History Year 2

    Year 2 Example Courses

    • Oral Communication
    • Intro to Historical Research & Writing
    • Foreign Language Courses
    • U.S. History to 1865/Since 1865
    • Old & New Testament Survey
    • Fine Arts Elective
    • Social Science Elective
    • English Literature Elective
  • History Year 3

    Year 3 Example Courses

    • Biology Elective
    • Physical Science Elective
    • History Electives
    • Intro to Philosophy
    • American National Government OR Into to International Relations
  • History Year 4

    Year 4 Example Courses

    • Senior Seminar
    • History Electives
    • Open Electives
    • Senior Thesis

Elevate Your Perspective

You’ll also take Chapel every semester, and Cultural Events for the first four semesters. You earn credit through attendance, and each course counts as half a credit. This is the NGU difference, how you find your peak performance and elevate your perspective, intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually.

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