History Department

History as a Discipline

The past occupies a central place in how our society envisions itself. Therefore, the study and evaluation of the past must occupy a central place in our universities. While the study of history involves a careful search through existing evidence to determine what happened in the past -- hence the common image of historians buried deep in dusty archives -- understanding how and why that evidence was created and then saved stands at the center of the discipline.

Sometimes historians form the kinds of generalizations made by other social scientists; at other times they probe the moral questions raised by humanists. They make us question why certain stories are retold or rediscovered. We are left with the task to discern what the evidence meant in its own time as well as what it means in ours. To make these determinations, historians draw from a wide range of influences and methods. The questions we ask and the critical thinking we develop are as important as the answers we seek.

What can you do with a History Degree?

History Department Job Internship Workshop Presentation held October 17, 2013
the Alumni web page at: WWW.WWU.EDU/ALUMNI/ASK

Graduate School

Effective July 1, 2013, the Graduate School application fee will be $100 for all programs and campus locations.  If your promotional materials or website include a specific fee, please be sure to make the change.   For your convenience you may link to this webpage:

Wait List Policy

The History Department reserves the right to manage its wait lists to give priority to students who have applied to graduate that quarter and must take the courses to satisfy graduation requirements.
















Office Hours

Spring 2015

8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


History Catalog 2015-2016
History Catalog 2014-2015
WWU Catalog

Page Updated 06.11.2015