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Bachelor of Arts in History and Politics

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Bachelor of Arts in History and Politics

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Bachelor of Arts in History and Politics

The history and politics major prepares students for effective participation in civic affairs and public life. Typical careers that flow from this major include careers in government, business, non-profits, law, and education. This major is also an excellent preparation for graduate school in history, law, political science, public policy, and other fields related to the public and private sectors.

Admission requirements

The following information is specific to the traditional undergraduate programs of the University. Admissions to the College of Adult and Professional Studies, Oregon extension, Online Programs, or Graduate Programs are detailed in their respective section of this catalog or student handbooks.

International Students

International applicants must complete the same admissions process as other freshman or transfer students.

English Testing Requirement

Citizens of approved countries with English as an official language and/or the language of academic instruction are exempt from the TOEFL and IELTS. A current list of approved countries is maintained by the Center for English Language Education.

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Core Curriculum Requirements

Bible and Theology

  • The Christian Scriptures
  • Work of God, Work of Humanity
  • How to read the Bible
  • Foundations of Christian Faith

Written and Verbal Communications

  • Composition I: Expository Writing
  • Composition II: Rhetoric and Research Writing
  • Fundamentals of Speech Communication


  • Any literature course 3 credits
  • Any history course 3 credits
  • 3 credits from: Art, Bible, Drama, English, History, Language, Music or Theology

Social Sciences

  • Minimum 2 courses from the following:
    • Business Administration, Communication, Economics, Education, Geography, Health & Fitness, Information Technology, Management, Marketing, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology/Anthropology, or User Experience Design

Science and Mathematics

  • College-level Mathematics
  • Science course with Lab

Formation and Calling

  • Life Calling
  • Gospel and Culture

Professional Readiness

Two Core Curriculum elective credits are required to be Career Readiness credits. These credits can be earned by taking a combination of Career Readiness Courses and introductory internship and/or job shadowing experiences. 

  • This two-credit requirement is waived for students who transfer 60 or more credits to NU
  • Students with 47-59 transfer credits are required to take one Career Readiness credit

Core Electives

Select any college-level courses

History and Politics:

Lower Division Requirements:

  • Foundations of History
  • Global History
  • Introduction to Public History
  • Political Theory

Politics Selection:

Select one Politics course from the following:

  • Religion and Politics
  • American Government
  • Comparative Politics

History Selection:

Select two History courses from the following:

  • History of World Civilization I: Prehistory to 1500 CE
  • History of World Civilization II: The World from 1500 CE
  • U.S. History I: to 1877
  • U.S. History II: 1877 to the 1970’s

Upper Division Requirements:

  • Senior Research Seminar I
  • Senior Research Seminar II
  • History Internship
  • Cross-Cultural Experience

Upper Division Concentrations:

Select from one of the following concentrations:

General Studies:

  • Upper Division Political Thought
  • Upper Division Law, Culture, and Society
  • Upper Division Global Studies
  • Upper Division Electives

American Studies:

  • GlobalEd in Washington, DC
  • American Studies Internships
  • Professional Mentorship (optional)
  • Strategic Communication Track
  • Case Studies in Strategic Communication
  • Christian Public Engagement for Communicators: Contemporary Perspectives and Practices

Public Policy Track:

  • The Politics of Public Policy
  • Christian Polticial Engagement: Contemporary Practices and Perspectives

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


Total Tuition fee : $33,500


Credits: 125 semester

Academic Award: Bachelor of Arts

Graduates with a degree in History and Politics will be able to:

  1. Create a research plan based on primary and secondary sources.
  2. Synthesize research in oral and written presentations.
  3. Analyze contemporary issues through historical reasoning.
  4. Illustrate the role of traditionally excluded people in society.
  5. Integrate the Christian faith into the study of history and politics.

Career paths

A degree from NU can help you launch your career immediately after graduation. Some of the fields that a degree in Political Science can open up for you include:

  • Business
  • Law
  • Politics
  • Teaching/Professorship
  • Ministry
  • Military Service
  • Government (local, state, and national)
  • Nonprofits / NGOs
  • Graduate Studies

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Northwest University

Northwest University was founded on October 1, 1934. We are a Christian co-educational institution accredited at the highest institutional level nationally and regionally. We awards associate, baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral degrees in over 70 programs. Northwest University is a Christian...

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  • Over 70 programs: NU gives students of all callings the opportunity to discover and cultivate their gifts, offering over 70 majors and programs to choose from.
  • Small Class Size: At NU, the student-to-faculty ratio is 10:1, allowing for the kind of personalized education you may not find elsewhere.
  • Location: NU’s campus is located nearby the corporate headquarters of companies like Microsoft, Expedia, Amazon, and Costco, as well as many innovative tech startup. This close proximity contributes to a robust job economy for NU graduates, as well as rich internship opportunities.
  • Internships: Internships are the best way for students to gain real-world experience. That’s why over 70% of students hold internships at NU. Often, this leads to full-time job offers from some of the best companies in the area.


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As a student at NU, I've been able to meet so many great people. The Christian community aspect of the school bolstered by spiritual life in a positive way. I was also given opportunities to do internships and travel to other states for classes. I studied History and Political Science which has helped me become a better writer, speaker, and list...
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5520 108th Ave NE
98003 Kirkland Washington
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