History, minor

Program Overview

Are your favorite stories those of history's defining moments, of courageous heroes and epic battles? Do these stories and the lessons in them influence the way you view the world, both as it is and as it could be? If so, pursuing a history minor, combined with any number of majors, will allow you to blend your zeal for history with your desire for meaningful work.

A minor in history can complement a host of other majors, diversifying and undergirding your education with an expanded understanding of world cultures. The enhanced research, writing, critical thinking skills, and global knowledge you will acquire will prepare you for graduate school or the career field of your choice. Whether your dreams lie in business, law, education, politics, writing, or anywhere else, these foundational skills and specialization will make you stand out.

Additionally, as a history minor you are invited to join the History Honor Society, Phi Alpha Theta, or the Pre-Law Society, both of which help to foster meaningful relationships with your peers. You might also choose to present your research at an academic conference; participate in events hosted by our Institute of Politics and Public Service and the Margaret Stevenson Center for Women's Studies; or travel around the world on a faculty-led trip, studying history’s greatest stories in the locations they took place. Whatever your interests are, PLNU offers a multitude of ways to connect with your passions.

“I had the opportunity to participate in two internships through PLNU. One was with the San Diego City Attorney's Office and the other was with the U.S. Probation Office.” 

John P Vander Feer, J.D., Class of 1985
Superior Court Judge, State of California

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For most students, the transition into college life is one full of adjustments. There is the excitement of newfound freedoms, but also some uncertainty as you begin to make choices and take responsibility for your own future. 

At PLNU, we’re committed to supporting you — academically, professionally, spiritually, personally — so that you may be successful both in your time as a student and beyond. That’s why we offer a holistic support system that focuses on your unique experiences, particular needs, and personal and professional goals — resulting from our deep concern for you, our student.

With a focus on authentic relationships and personalized attention, our goal is to help transform you so you can follow your calling in your own career and life.

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Career Opportunities

In an increasingly interconnected world, the strengths of those with a deep historical and cultural understanding endure — our society depends on people who can think critically, read analytically, understand interculturally, research deeply, articulate clearly, and write cogently. In fact, employers highly rank such abilities. History minors at PLNU cultivate these strengths in a Christian context that nurtures their intellectual and spiritual lives and equips them to be reasoned and ethical leaders in a variety of careers.

A minor in history can be a useful and natural complement to a variety of careers and industries, including:

  • Domestic or International Law
  • Journalism
  • Domestic or International Business
  • Teaching
  • Media Communication
  • Nonprofit Organization
  • Public Relations

Student Profile

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Erin McCoy

With a love of history and organizing information, Erin Holly McCoy enjoys her job as a Reference and Instruction Librarian at a community college in Brockton, Massachusetts. There she teaches students how to find reliable sources, how to think critically about those sources, and how to navigate a world of information overload. Read more