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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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CAREERS
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RESEARCH
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GRADUATE STUDIES
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SCHOLARSHIPS
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TEACHER EDUCATION
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PRE-LAW

“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
President
Associated Students of Washington State University 2017-2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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