History | WSU Department of History

What We Offer

History has long been at the center of a liberal arts education and it remains so today.  As both a humanities discipline and a social science, History possesses elements of literary studies, anthropology, economics, and sociology and teaches a variety of skills that are relevant across the entire range of majors offered by the College of Arts and Sciences. At WSU, the Department of History’s Roots of Contemporary Issues Program is at the heart of the university’s general education requirements.

Learn about our distinctive programs

Alongside the History major, the MA, and the PhD, the Department collaborates with a range of graduate and undergraduate programs, including teacher education, pre-law, and interdisciplinary majors in Asian Studies, Women’s History, Political Science, and Cultural Studies. We also offer a number graduate and undergraduate scholarships and opportunity for students to conduct faculty-mentored research.

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Sue Peabody holds sign with MLK quote "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

Distinctive Programs

Roots of Contemporary IssuesRoots of Contemporary Issues

Roots of Contemporary Issues provides students with the tools to assess and address contemporary issues in a mature, reasoned way, using evidence, critical thinking, and clear written and oral communication skills. Learn more about RCI

Crater LakeAmerican West & Pacific Northwest

Washington State University’s Department of History has long been recognized for its premiere graduate program in the American West—a region rich in cultural, social, and environmental diversity. Learn more about the American West & Pacific Northwest program

Virginia City MontanaPublic History Field School

Emphasizing both academic and practical instruction to develop basic skills in public history subfields, the Public History Field School is designated as History 529: Interpreting History through Material Culture. Learn more about Public History Field School

Hanford B reactor under construction, 1944The Hanford History Project

Through the Hanford History Project, WSU leads a coalition of community partners in preserving—and enabling research on—the history of the community near the Hanford nuclear site in south-central Washington state. Learn more about The Hanford History Project

GuatemalaSocial and Cultural Issues in Guatemala

In the summer of 2016, Yvonne Berliner will teach a 1-credit course as part of a faculty-led trip into Guatemala. Students will explore important cultural and social issues by learning about—and from—Guatemala’s history and people. Learn more about this faculty-led trip to Guatemala