Illumination and Understanding

History is the study of civilizations and events from a variety of perspectives. Studying history illuminates the human condition and develops historical understanding, enabling you to extend your experience, fortify your judgment, and develop a broad appreciation of your cultural heritage.

History majors learn to think broadly and historically, thereby gaining meaningful insights into human development over time.

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Robert Bauman, Associate Professor of History, has taken a leadership role in the Hanford History Partnership, which is a coalition of local public agencies who are preserving the history of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation and communities around it. Listen here…

You may certify a major in history upon completing 24 credits with a GPA of 2.0 or higher. Because you will learn a broad range of transferable skills in in this major, it works well as a double major or in conjunction with a minor in another department.

Required History Courses (36 HOURS)

  • HIST 300 Writing about History
  • HIST 469 Seminar in History
  • 6 hours of U.S. history
  • 6 hours of European history
  • 9 hours of non-Western/global history
  • 12-hour concentration (at least 6 hours at the 300- and 400-level) in the same or related disciplines

NOTE: At least 21 of the 36 hours in history courses must be at the 300 and 400 level.

Check out the WSU Catalog for major requirements.

Undergraduate advising is a partnership between you, your professional advisor, and your faculty mentor and it goes beyond course selection. Whether you plan to enter the workforce or continue on to earn an advanced degree, your academic advisors and professional mentors will guide you toward that goal. This holistic approach ensures that you are engaged in your academic plan, connected to the campus community and resources, and earn your degree as efficiently as possible.

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While the majority of students’ courses and credits are completed within the major, the UCORE curriculum provides courses that are the foundation basic skills that all WSU students must develop no matter their major.

The University Common Requirements (UCORE) is the center of the undergraduate curriculum and you will start taking these courses starting your first semester at WSU Tri-Cities. If you took AP, IB, or Running Start courses in high school, then you may already have met some of the requirements.

The UCORE curriculum is designed to be flexible enough to work for all majors. The program offers a wide variety of course choices and provides many individual pathways through the curriculum.

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Transfer students who have completed an approved Associate of Arts and Science (DTA) degree at a Washington or Oregon community college will have fulfilled most of the lower-division UCORE requirements. Because students have to also meet the College of Arts & Sciences requirements, some students must take additional courses in a foreign language in order to complete the degree. Otherwise, transfer students will have their transcripts evaluated for UCORE requirements.

Use the transfer credit equivalency guide to learn how your credits will transfer.

If you are currently enrolled at Columbia Basin College and intend to transfer to WSU Tri-Cities, then check out our Bridges Program that provides a direct academic path.

Students who have already earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, must complete a minimum of 30 credits of WSU coursework and fill the major requirements to earn a second degree. UCORE requirements are not required as they are met by coursework from the first bachelor’s degree.

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Minoring in a discipline outside your major field of study, allows you to focus elective credits, expand your perspective, and increase your skills. A minor will make you stand out to potential employers because it demonstrates an eagerness to learn and emphasizes your willingness to go above and beyond minimum expectations.

Students who have completed 60 semester hours may certify a minor. A history minor requires:

  • 2.0 WSU GPA
  • 18 hours of History courses; at least 9 hours must be upper-division
  • C or better grade in all courses

At least 9 of the 18 hours must be earned at Washington State University

See what other minors and certificates are available at WSU Tri-Cities.

History majors develop critical thinking and writing skills that are translatable to a number of careers and the Career Development Office offers workshops on how to develop a job search strategy, write a compelling résumé and cover letter, and sharpen your interview skills – all of which will help you land a job in today’s competitive market.

The Career Development Office also posts on- and off-campus positions for student employees. They also work with students to identify internships, cooperative work experience, and a career opportunities for after graduation.

See how you can become career-ready with a major in History.

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