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History | 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

Students who indicate an interest in History and have a 2.0 GPA or above may be admitted to the major.

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


If you have questions about any of our majors, please feel free to contact us. You are welcome to come by the History Office at Wilson-Short Hall 301 or visit our advising page here!

Degree Options

A major in history can be used in government service, the new specialty of public history teaching, several areas of business and industry, and many other fields. It can also be used in preparation for study of the law, the ministry, archival work, and librarianship. Double majors or complementary minors combining history with other fields are easily arranged.

The department offers courses leading to the degrees of History (General), History Online (General), History Education, Pre-Law, and Social Studies.