Christian Higher Education Since 1892

History & Political Science Major


Meet the Faculty

Richard Huston

Dr. Richard Huston

History and Political Science Department Chair and Professor of History

What's your favorite thing about working at Greenville College?

I'm a graduate of Greenville College, but didn't fully appreciate my experience until arriving at a large state school for my graduate degree. There, I saw that as long as students were getting passing grades, and staying out of trouble with the law, they could do anything ... ANYTHING they wanted. I also saw that the professors invested themselves in their graduate students, and let the graduate students supervise the undergrads. I resonated with a friend of mine who compared Christian Liberal Arts colleges to a family, and large state universities to orphanages. When I was a student at Greenville, several of my professors invested themselves personally in me, both inside and outside the classroom. A professor I never even had for class, opened his home to me for the summer. I can never repay them, but I can pay it forward.

I love becoming personally involved in the lives of my students. They never cease to amaze me with their creativity, abilities and interests. History Education grads have taught in Paraguay, Thailand, and Guam, but also St. Louis, Chicago and Normal.


What attracted you to the Education Department, and how do you use it outside of the classroom?

I came to Greenville focused on being an Education major. I had grown up in South America with missionary parents, and wanted to return there after graduating. The best way to do that was to return to teach at the same school for missionary kids that I had attended most of my life. So I majored in History Education at Greenville, and returned to teach there for two years. Eventually, I returned to the States for graduate school and decided to teach at the College level.

Teaching at a small college allows me to be a jack-of-all-trades. I have realized the advantages of teaching broadly, in other areas of history, as well as in other disciplines. I've been able to develop my other areas of interest by teaching courses in geography, anthropology and missiology. In fact, I've been able to use opportunities through a Fulbright scholarship to teach methods classes at universities in Paraguay and in Nicaragua. My interest in Latin America and in travel have led me to organize mission trips and study-abroad opportunities for Greenville students and faculty in Guatemala, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Paraguay and Israel.


Dr. Scott Neumann

Associate Professor of History and Political Science

My main hobby is reading. My family and I spent the last year in Lithuania. we have three children and another on the way.


Career Opportunities


  • Politician
  • Political Consultant
  • Congressional Liaison 
  • Mayor
  • Lobbyist