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History

History has long been at the center of a liberal arts education. In their studies, students of history seek to understand the diverse people, institutions, and cultures of the past. As both a humanities discipline and a social science, history possesses elements of literary studies, anthropology, economics, and sociology.

Skill and Career Building

Washington State University's undergraduate history major, now offered completely online, develops student skills in critical thinking, quantitative and symbolic reasoning, research methods, information literacy, and communication. An undergraduate degree in history can lead to work as a historian, archivist, librarian, information specialist, writer, teacher, researcher, or work in government service. Visit the WSU Department of History career page for additional information about careers for history majors. These skills and knowledge equip students for the changing demands of the workplace.

Distinguished Faculty

Our faculty represent the Department of History at Washington State University's greatest strength. Although distinguished for their scholarly publications, faculty members consider teaching their primary mission. All of our faculty, including senior professors, teach undergraduate classes; many have won teaching awards for their work with students. Our faculty enjoy undergraduate instruction, and they take that responsibility seriously.

Accreditation

Washington State University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. For more information, see the WSU Accreditation website.

Why WSU Global Campus?

WSU Global Campus fulfills WSU’s 1890 land-grant mission of expanding access to education. We use new technologies, but uphold old-school values, with courses taught by expert WSU faculty, academic advisors intent on your success, and a diploma backed by a long-established reputation for excellence.

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Program of Study
All courses are available online

All WSU undergraduates must 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) 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.



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