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Spring: Dec. 13, 2019 
Summer: April 24, 2020
Fall: July 24, 2020

Class Begins

Jan. 13, 2020 (Spring)
May 11, 2020 (Summer)
Aug. 24, 2020 (Fall)

Degree Awarded

Bachelor of Arts
in History

WSU College

College of Arts and Sciences

Understand the Past, Build Your Future

Who were the people that came before us? What can we learn from them? These are the questions that drive those who study the fascinating and highly rewarding field of human history.  

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Why Major in History?

History is the ongoing exploration of the diverse people, cultures, and institutions of the past. Historical inquiry builds knowledge of past events and, in doing so, helps inform the decisions we collectively make about our future.

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What You’ll Learn

WSU history faculty specialize in many areas of historical research and teaching, including world, American west, environmental, religious, gender, military, European, and diplomatic history. WSU’s undergraduate history major, offered entirely online, will help you develop critical thinking, quantitative and symbolic reasoning, research methods, information literacy, and communication skills and equip you for the changing demands of the workplace. An undergraduate degree in history can lead to work as a historian, archivist, librarian, information specialist, writer, teacher, researcher or in government service. History students can further train for careers in business, law, and politics.

WSU History Program Strengths

  • History faculty from WSU’s College of Arts and Sciences have been widely recognized by their peers and in the profession for their innovative and cutting-edge scholarship.
  • Learn from history professors who enhance their professional development through extensive research and teaching abroad.
  • History faculty members are distinguished for considering teaching as their primary mission. Several of history professors have won major teaching awards.

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Program of Study

All courses are available online

University Requirements

All WSU undergraduates must complete a minimum of 120 semester credits of which 40 credits must be at the 300 – 400 level. Students must also complete the University Common Requirements (UCORE). These can generally be satisfied with a direct transfer degree. For a list of direct-transfer agreements, visit WSU’s Transferring an Associate Degree web page.

Students must also fulfill the College of Arts and Sciences graduation requirements and the program requirements of the degree.

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

36 semester hours of history is required including 6 hours of US history, 6 hours of European history, and 9 hours of Non-Western/Global history; 21 hours at the 300-400-level, which must include HISTORY 300 and 469; and a 12-hour concentration (at least 6 hours 300-400-level). History courses used to complete the degree must be passed with a grade of C or better.

History Core

Two courses – 6 credits

  • HISTORY 300 – Writing about History
  • HISTORY 469 – Seminar in History

History Electives

United States History
Choose two courses (6 credits):

  • HISTORY 110 – American History to 1877
  • HISTORY 111 – American History since 1877
  • HISTORY 308 – North American Indian History, Precontact to Present
  • HISTORY 398 – History of Women in the American West
  • HISTORY 410 – History of American Indian Sovereignty and Federal Indian Law
  • HISTORY 413 – Early American History to 1750
  • HISTORY 418 – United States, 1914–1945
  • HISTORY 419 – United States, 1945–Present

European History
Choose two courses (6 credits):

  • HISTORY 101 – Classical and Christian Europe
  • HISTORY 102 – Modern Europe
  • HISTORY 341 – Ancient Rome
  • HISTORY 459 – Modern Britain
  • HISTORY 468 – Hitler and Nazi Germany

Non-Western/Global History
Choose three courses (9 credits):

  • HISTORY 331 – Latin American Cultural History
  • HISTORY 335 – Women in Latin American History
  • HISTORY 373 – Chinese Civilization
  • HISTORY 436 – Imperialism in the Modern World
  • HISTORY 439 – Slavery, Abolition & Emancipation in World History

Concentration areas

Choose one area: Students may not use the 12-credit concentration areas to fulfill the 6 hours of US history, 6 hours of European history, and 9 hours of Non-Western/Global history required in the major.

United States
12 credits:

  • HISTORY 110 – American History to 1877
  • HISTORY 111 – American History since 1877
  • HISTORY 410 – History of American Indian Sovereignty and Federal Indian Law
  • HISTORY 413 – Early American History to 1750
  • HISTORY 418 – United States, 1914–1945
  • HISTORY 419 – United States, 1945–Present

Europe
12 credits:

  • HISTORY 101 – Classical and Christian Europe
  • HISTORY 102 – Modern Europe
  • HISTORY 341 – Ancient Rome
  • HISTORY 436 – Imperialism in the Modern World
  • HISTORY 459 – Modern Britain
  • HISTORY 468 – Hitler and Nazi Germany

Atlantic
12 credits:

  • HISTORY 308 – North American Indian History, Precontact to Present
  • HISTORY 331 – Latin American Cultural History
  • HISTORY 335 – Women in Latin American History
  • HISTORY 413 – Early American History to 1750
  • HISTORY 439 – Slavery, Abolition and Emancipation in World History

College of Arts and Sciences Graduation Requirements

All students, including community college transfer students with an approved transferable AA degree from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, California, Arizona or Hawaii, or students pursuing a second major in the College of Arts and Sciences, will be held to the following additional requirements:

  • Foreign Language: Complete 2 years of high school or 1 year of college in a single foreign language
  • Additional 3 semester credits of [SSCI,] [HUM], or [ARTS] for a total of 12 semester credits of UCORE
  • Additional 1 lab credit of [BSCI], [PSCI] for a total of 8 semester credits and 2 labs.

Please review the online WSU Catalog for additional information about specific degree requirements.