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Studying History

By far the greatest strength of the Department of History at Washington State University is our faculty. Although distinguished for their books and other scholarly publications, faculty members consider teaching their primary mission. All of our faculty, including senior professors, teach undergraduate classes. Our professors are excellent instructors. They enjoy undergraduate instruction, and they take that responsibility seriously.

Several of our faculty have won recognition through major teaching awards for their involvement with students in and beyond the classroom and for their willingness to meet with students face to face after class. If high school graduates or transfer students are looking for a congenial atmosphere to study and learn, they can find no better place than the WSU Department of History.

The Department of History offers courses through WSU Online for those who prefer to finish their degrees at home. The Department of History also offers classes via video conference courses (AMS) Academic Media Services between the Pullman campus and various regional campuses throughout the state.

History faculty use the most up-to-date teaching methods and technologies in the classroom, including Internet connectivity and visuals. Still, face-to-face attention is the key to success in history. All history majors must take a research seminar by the end of their senior year. These small classes allow students to practice and develop their research and writing skills in a small-class setting under the guidance of an experienced faculty member.

Claire Thornton’s undergraduate research paper “The GI’s of Washington State College” to be shared with 100,000 WSU Alumni!

History major and Honors student Claire Thornton wrote this paper for History 300 – Writing in History, a class that prepares our students to become junior scholars in their own right. She participated in a pilot class on “The World in the 1940s” developed by a team of faculty and graduate students with support from an E-Learning grant from Provost Dan Bernardo’s office. Lydia Gerber taught the class with special support from Elizabeth Carney from the Office of Assessment of Teaching and Learning (ATL) at WSU. Claire’s paper is based on primary sources available at WSU Manuscripts, Archives and Special Collections (MASC) in the Holland/Terrell Libraries. MASC archivists Trevor Bond, Cheryl Gunselman and Mark O’English provided strong support for Claire’s project.

Kim Mueller, Director of Alumni Engagement, is happy to help us share Claire’s paper with WSU’s 100,000 alumni by offering the link on the Alumni Association’s CougNews Email Newsletter. Claire would be delighted to hear from alumni who were at Washington State College between 1946 and 1950. She can be reached at She plans to continue her research on this topic and hopes to turn it into her Honors Thesis in the future.

Read Clare’s paper (pdf)

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