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.
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.
“My liberal arts degree taught me how to think creatively and critically, which are crucial abilities to have in scientific research. I’m a more well-rounded student because of my different background, and I believe STEM and liberal arts degrees complement one another. The skills I learned in my B.A. undergrad degree allowed me to succeed in both the science prerequisite courses I took at a local community college, and in the Professional Science Master’s Program.”
– Julie Schwabe
B.A. History and Political Science (2006)
“History is about challenge. At WSU, professors and peers challenged me to think outside the box, and create original thoughts and theories often times going against perceived norms. History at WSU challenges students to go beyond, be diligent, and persevere academically. Writing, reading, and thinking skills are developed and molded to form an ever changing and perfecting student experience. I credit my study of history with all my success at WSU and with all the success I hope to have in the future.”
– Kevin Schilling
B.A. History (2017) and Top Ten Senior Awardee
“As the ASWSU student body president, I regularly rely on the skills and competencies I gained in history courses at Washington State University. Critical thinking is consistently reinforced in the WSU Department of History, and that helps me solve complex problems involving student fee increases, curriculum changes, and student safety needs. Additionally, the Department of History places an emphasis on crafting original arguments, and backing them up with credible, solid sources. My position as the top advocate for students requires me to engage in discussions on a daily basis with university staff, faculty, and administrators, as we try to come up with ways to make the WSU student experience the best it can be. With a historical mindset, I am confident in my ability to lead the students of Washington State University into the future.”
– Jordan Frost
Associated Students of Washington State University 2017-2018
The Department of History has produced a 2018 newsletter. We hope to reach out to our friends and supporters every year. Read the Department of History’s annual newsletter here!
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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
Global Leadership Certificate
The Global Leadership Certificate can be integrated with any major and allows students to gain leaderships skills, cross-cultural understanding, and global knowledge. Currently, there are 12 HISTORY courses included on the “coursework” list that count towards the completion of a GLC! Learn more about getting a Global Leadership Certificate.