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Teaching history and social studies in today’s secondary education classrooms requires a broad basis of historical knowledge as well as a flexible and adaptive approach regarding teaching, given the changing nature of our world.

Graduates from our program develop content knowledge by taking classes in World, United States, European and Asian history and begin their development as professional teachers by taking our Social Studies Methods course which is required for entry into the Teacher Education program. Our graduates are well-prepared to teach in today’s ever-changing classrooms.

Certifying into History Education

A student may certify a major in history upon completing 24 credits with a GPA of 2.5 or higher. Those interested in a teaching option should consult with the College of Education concerning certification requirements for teaching. Students majoring in history should have a strong and broad high school background in humanities, social science, and languages, and are encouraged to get a second endorsement.

Bachelor of Arts in History with a Major in History Education (51 hours)

Required History Courses
Hist 101: Classical and Christian Europe
Hist 102: Modern Europe
Hist 110: American History to 1877
Hist 111: American History since 1877
Hist 120: World History 1
Hist 300: Writing about History
Hist 308: North American Indian History
Hist 422: History of the Pacific Northwest
Hist 469: Seminar in History
Hist 480: Methods of Teaching Social Studies
One (1) from Hist 230, 231, 270, 271, 272, 273, 274, 275
U.S. Early: one (1) from Hist 411, 413, 414, 415, 416
U.S. Modern: one (1) from Hist 412, 417, 418, 419
Global/non-Western upper-division: one (1) course
European upper-division: one (1) course
Pol S 101: American National Government
EconS 102: Fundamentals of Macroeconomics

Courses used to complete the history degree and the College of Education requirements must be passed with a grade of C or better.

NOTE: Additional courses are necessary to complete the education requirements for the history education option. For a complete listing of requirements, see the College of Education’s Web site. The College of Education requires applicants for admission to the Teacher Education Preparation program to apply on-line.

History (General)


Certifying into History (General)

A student may certify a major in history upon completing 24 credits with a GPA of 2.0 or higher. Those interested in a teaching option should consult with the College of Education concerning certification requirements for teaching. Students majoring in history should have a strong and broad high school background in humanities, social science, and languages.

Bachelor of Arts in History (36 hours)

Required History Courses
Hist 300: Writing about History
Hist 469: Seminar in History
6 hours of U.S. history
6 hours of European history
9 hours of Global/non-Western history
Plus an additional 12-hour concentration (at least 6 hours at the 300 and 400 level) in the same related discipline

At least 21 of the 36 hours in history courses must be at the 300 and 400 level.

History courses used to complete the degree must be passed with a grade of C or better.

Degree Options


Why History?

A formalized program of historical study—required of our majors—dramatically refines skills which you already possess, allowing their use in much more eloquent, challenging, and productive ways. You will learn to think broadly and historically, thereby gaining meaningful insights into human development over time.

Certifying into a Program of Study

A student may certify a major in history upon completing 24 credits with a GPA of 2.0 or higher.

Those interested in a teaching option should consult with the College of Education concerning certification requirements for teaching.

Applying for Your Degree

The Degree Application should be submitted after completing 90 semester hours. To apply, go to your myWSU homepage. For more information, go to http://graduations.wsu.edu/applying-for-graduation/.

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Vancouver Library Research Excellence Award

Professor Sue Peabody writes:   I am pleased to announce that History major junior Samantha Rintoulis the winner of the campus-wide WSU Vancouver Library Research Excellence Award for her paper, “Railroaded: Race Relations in Twentieth-Century Oregon.” Her paper examines two legal cases in which black railroad employees were accused and convicted of murder during the Great Depression and World War II and their divergent fates due to stereotyping and labor activism.  Samantha wrote her paper in Prof. Peabody’s History 469 seminar.

Berry Family Excellence Grant – Jeff Sanders

Jeffrey Sanders
Jeffrey Sanders

Associate Professor Jeff Sanders has received a $12,500 Berry Family Excellence Fellows Grant from the College of Arts and Sciences.  The coversheet for  his proposal – “Tributaries:  A Regional Digital Environmental Research and Teaching Collaboration” follows.

Jeff also reports that on April 22 he gave an invited lecture to the Center for Environmental Research, Education and Outreach (CEREO). He discussed his ongoing work as an environmental historian at WSU and his current project titled Childhood and Environment in the Postwar American West that examines the entwined history of children and environment in the United States after World War II. His work explores how Americans, concerned with the well-being of their children, framed environmental concerns and produced new environmental knowledge through the lens of childhood between 1940 and 1990.

Faculty and Staff


Faculty/Staff MemberPositionE-mail
Allen, Sue K.Staffskallen@wsu.edu
Anderson, KenStaffkwanderson@wsu.edu
Andrews, MargaretEmeritusmwa-jlb@telus.net
Armitage, SusanEmeritusarmitage@wsu.edu
Ashby, LeRoyEmeritusashby@wsu.edu
Barclay, JeniferFacultyjenifer.barclay@wsu.edu
Bauman, RobertFacultyrbauman@tricity.wsu.edu
Bell, BrettInstructorbrett.r.bell@tricity.wsu.edu
Berliner, Yvonne Senior Instructoryberliner@wsu.edu
Blackwell, FritzEmeritusblackwell.fw@centurytel.net
Boag, PeterFacultyboag@wsu.edu
Brecher, W. PuckFacultywbrecher@wsu.edu
Chan, RogerInstructorrchan@wsu.edu
Chastain, AndraFacultyandra.chastain@wsu.edu
Colyar, JaimeStaffjlbritton@wsu.edu
Coon, David L.Emeritus
Dodson, JulianInstructorjulian.dodson@wsu.edu
Ellis, RebeccaPost-doctoral Fellowrebecca.ellisdodson@wsu.edu
Farley, BrigitFacultybfarley@tricity.wsu.edu
Faunce, KennethClinical Assistant Professorkfaunce@wsu.edu
Fountain, Steven M.Clinicalsfountain@wsu.edu
Franklin, RobertInstructorrobert.franklin@wsu.edu
Fry, KatyClinicalkfry@wsu.edu
Garretson, Edwin P., Jr.Emeritusepgjr@wsu.edu
Gerber, LydiaClinicallgerber@wsu.edu
Gordillo, Luz MariaFacultygordillo@wsu.edu
Goucher, Candice L.Emerituscgoucher@wsu.edu
Gough, JerryEmeritusgough@wsu.edu
Guptill, PamelaRetired Staffpguptill@wsu.edu
Hanshew, TraceyClinicaltracey.hanshew@wsu.edu
Hatter, Lawrence B. A.Facultylawrence.hatter@wsu.edu
Heidenreich, LindaFacultylheidenr@wsu.edu
Herzog, ShawnaInstructorSherzog2@wsu.edu
Hill, FrankStaff/Instructorfhill002@wsu.edu
Hoch, StevenFacultysteven-hoch@wsu.edu
Hume, RichardEmeritusrhume@wsu.edu
Jordan, TheresaClinicaltjordan@wsu.edu
Kale, Steven D.Facultykale@wsu.edu
Kawamura, NorikoFacultynkawamura@wsu.edu
Mann, MichelleInstructorMichelle.r.mann@wsu.edu
McCoy, RobertFacultyrmccoy@wsu.edu
Mercier, LaurieFacultylmercier@wsu.edu
Meyer, Kathryn E.Emeritusklmeyer@gmail.com
Miller, BrennaInstructorbrenna.miller@wsu.edu
Nobbs-Thiessen, BenjaminInstructorben.nobbs-thiessen@wsu.edu
Peabody, SueFacultyspeabody@wsu.edu
Peterson, JacquelineEmeritusjpeterson1@vancouver.wsu.edu
Phoenix, KarenClinicalkaren.phoenix@wsu.edu
Pike, JordanStaffjordan.pike@wsu.edu
Sanders, JeffreyFacultyjcsanders@wsu.edu
Schaefer, JenniferInstructorjennifer.schaefer@wsu.edu
Schlesinger, Roger and Mary Watrous-SchlesingerEmeritusschlesin@wsu.edu
Smelyansky, EugeneInstructoreugene.smelyansky@wsu.edu
Spohnholz, JesseFacultyspohnhoj@wsu.edu
Staab, RobertEmeritusrstaab@wsu.edu
Stratton, ClifClinicalclif.stratton@wsu.edu
Stratton, DavidEmeritusdstratton@wsu.edu
Sun, RaymondFacultysunray@wsu.edu
Sutton, Matthew A.Facultysutton@wsu.edu
Svingen, OrlanFacultysvingen@wsu.edu
Thigpen, JenniferFacultyjthigpen@wsu.edu
Thorsten-Mickelson, PatriciaRetired Stafftrish99403@yahoo.com
Tolmacheva, MarinaEmeritustolmache@wsu.edu
Torkelson, Lauri SueStafftorkelson@wsu.edu
Turner-Rahman, LipiInstructorilipi@wsu.edu
Walsh, SarahInstructorsarah.walsh@wsu.edu
Wang, XiuyuFacultyxiuyuwang@wsu.edu
Weller, CharlesClinicalrc.weller@wsu.edu
Whelchel, Aaron D.Instructorawhelchel@wsu.edu
Williams, RichardEmeritussarek@wsu.edu
Wright, AshleyFacultyashley.wright2@wsu.edu

Scholarships


The Department of History is fortunate to be able to offer a wide range of undergraduate and graduate student scholarships. The scholarships and their award criteria are listed below. The deadline for submitting departmental scholarship applications is February 22, 2019.

 

UNDERGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIPS:

See scholarships available to undergraduate students, including scholarships open for both undergraduate and graduate HERE.

 

  • Asia Excellence Award
    Awarded to an outstanding undergraduate student who has chosen Asia Studies as their academic focus.

 

  • Claudius O. Johnson Memorial Scholarship in History
    Awarded to undergraduate history majors demonstrating outstanding academic progress.

 

  • George & Bernadine Converse Historical Endowment
    Undergraduate students in good academic standing  will be selected based on demonstrated financial need.

 

  • History Scholarship Fund
    Awarded to undergraduate history majors demonstrating outstanding academic progress.

 

  • Howard C. Payne Award for Excellence in Research
    Provides for one or more undergraduate awards for excellence in research. Award recipients shall be evaluated by the research papers they are required to write in a senior seminar course (currently HIST 469). Eligible students shall be nominated by a Department of History faculty member. A committee of department faculty members will review the nominated undergraduate candidates and select a recipient based on the demonstration of scholarship, creativity and the student’s ability to write analytically.

 

  • India Research Fund
    Awarded to an undergraduate student who is primarily studying the history of India.

 

  • Katherine Gilbert Blinn Scholarship in History
    Awarded to one or more students and are renewable based on satisfactory academic progress. Qualified applicants shall be full time undergraduate students with financial need.

 

  • Leta Olmstead Smith Scholarship
    Provides for one annual scholarship to a student enrolled on a full time basis who is majoring in history. Recipients shall be of junior or senior standing and selection will be made from students who have shown outstanding academic ability and have demonstrated an interest in American history. Financial need will be considered. The recipient shall be required to complete a research project on a topic related to rural American history.

 

  • Professors William M. Landeen & Claudius O. Johnson Scholarship Fund
    Provides scholarship for two or more undergraduate students. Students must major in or demonstrate an academic interest in history. This award will be granted based on academic merit and personal financial need.

 

  • Ruth Magnuson Roberts Scholarship in History
    Awards one or more annual scholarships to undergraduate students with a minimum GPA of 3.0 or greater, who are studying history in either their sophomore or junior year. This scholarship will be distributed based on financial need. The Ruth Magnuson Roberts Scholarship is renewable based on satisfactory academic progress.

 

  • Stephen L. Thigpen Scholarship
    Awarded in the spring for excellence in undergraduate research in the History 300 course. Student shall be nominated by a faculty member.

 

GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIPS:

See scholarships available to graduate students, including scholarships open for both undergraduate and graduate HERE.

 

  • Bernard Bobb  Award for Best Teaching Assistant Instructor
    Awarded to graduate students for excellence as the best teaching assistant instructor. Nominations are sponsored by department faculty in the fall.

 

  • Cooney Family Graduate Research Scholarship
    Provides fellowship stipends to graduate students within the department. This funding is intended to be used by recipients for research expenses outside of the United States.

 

  • Claudius O. & Mary W. Johnson Graduate Fellowship 
    Provides for graduate fellowships in history while simultaneously offering additional exposure to programs  sponsored through the Foley Institute. This recipient of this fellowship is chosen annually by the Department of History in partnership with the Director of the Foley Institute.

 

  • David H. Stratton
    Awarded to a PhD student for the best dissertation completed within the department. This award is distributed once every four years.

 

  • Department of History Graduate Research Fellowship
    Awarded to graduate students to assist in the funding of research.

 

  • Edward M. & Margery H. Bennett History Fellowship
    Provides a fellowship award to a graduate student in the Department of History who is studying the history of American foreign relations. If there are no qualified applicants in this area of study, then the fellowship my be awarded to a graduate student studying American political history.

 

  • Herman J. Deutsch Memorial Fellowship
    Awarded to graduate students studying public history or history of the Pacific Northwest while demonstrating outstanding academic ability.

 

  • Sherman and Mabel Smith Pettyjohn Memorial Fund 
    Awarded to a graduate student who’s research is devoted to the history of the Pacific Northwest.

 

SCHOLARSHIPS OFFERED FOR BOTH UNDERGRADUATE AND GRADUATE STUDENTS:

 

  • William D. Aiken Memorial Fund
    Provided for undergraduate scholarships or graduate fellowships in history, as well as general support for scholarly activity and travel relevant to the study of history

 

  • Paul C. Anderson Scholarship in History
    Provided for undergraduate scholarships or graduate fellowships in history.

 

  • Frederick and Liselotte Dumin Memorial Scholarship   
    Potentially awarded to either an undergraduate or graduate student studying within the Department of History. Nominations are made during the fall semester.

 

  • Middle East History Research and Scholarship Fund  
    Awarded to a graduate or undergraduate student with an outstanding record to support research and study of the Middle East encompassing Egypt and the Levant, North Africa, Iraq, Iran, and Turkey.

 

  • Morris Reed Scholarship in History
    At least one scholarship is awarded per academic year to either an undergraduate or graduate student demonstrating outstanding academic progress.

 

  • Raymond Muse History Scholarship
    Awarded to undergraduate majors or graduate students with an outstanding academic record.

 

  • Stan Berry & Siu Family Lifetime Friendship Endowment
    Provides scholarship to an international student who is focusing on European history or an international student in the Department of History. If no students meeting the previously listed qualifications apply, then a history student focusing on European history may be awarded.

 

  • Wayne Stanford History Scholarship
    Provides scholarship to one undergraduate student as well as one graduate student per academic year. The undergraduate student must be either a junior or a senior. Two undergraduate or two graduate awards may be made if no qualified students apply from the other level.

 

  • Winston B. Thorson Memorial Scholarship
    Awarded to students of the Department of History who demonstrate scholastic excellence and outstanding character.

 

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