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History, B.A.

By studying history, you will learn to view events and issues through multiple perspectives, interpret their meaning, and make connections between the past and present. You will seek answers to difficult questions, and will undertake the rewarding challenge of exploring virtually unlimited information.

Majoring in history at Whitworth will broaden your understanding of the world, connect you with excellent internship and study-abroad opportunities, immerse you in a community that desires to help you succeed, and provide you with valuable skills that you can apply to any career.

Why major in history at Whitworth?

  • Learn from professors who are dedicated to rigorous academic inquiry and to their students. Your professors will challenge you to grow academically and personally.
  • Take part in stimulating classroom discussions. Small class sizes mean you can share your insights and knowledge in class, where professors value students' ideas.
  • Gain hands-on experience through incredible internships. Each year, history majors are selected to intern at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. Popular choices in Spokane include the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture and the Historic Preservation Office.
  • Receive support as you consider your future career. Through courses such as Becoming a Historian and through mentorship from professors, you will discover the breadth of options available. Professors will gladly help you transition to your next step post-graduation.
  • Take advantage of teaching assistantships, which can be especially beneficial if you plan to pursue graduate school.
  • Become a stronger writer, speaker and critical thinker. By majoring in history, you will build transferable skills.
  • Develop research skills. Learn how to create historical context, analyze evidence from primary as well as digital sources, search effectively and present results in various formats.
  • Become who you're meant to be.

Our history grads make a difference (and get jobs)

Whitworth history graduates are prepared to apply their broad skill set to any number of careers. Generally, majors choose careers in public history, public service, business, law, education and academia.

Recent job placements include:

  • Chloe Dye Sherpe, curator, Museum of Northwest Art, La Conner, Wash.
  • Sarah Cochrane, assistant archivist, Niels Bohr Library & Archives, American Institute of Physics, College Park, Md.
  • Noah Patterson, senior assistant attorney general, Colorado Attorney General's Office, Denver
  • Anna Harbine, curator of archives and special collections, Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture, Spokane
  • Heather Glady, project administrator, Design and Production Incorporated, Lorton, Va.
  • Amber Glen, microfilm/imaging operator, Alaska State Archives, Juneau
  • Benjamin Tkach, assistant professor of political science, King University, Bristol, Tenn.
  • Katie Pratt, co-founder, Northwest Vernacular (historic preservation consulting firm), Port Orchard, Wash.

Our recent history grads further their studies in top graduate programs at institutions including:

  • George Washington University
  • SUNY College at Oneonta's Cooperstown Graduate Program
  • Washington State University
  • University of Washington
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • The Johns Hopkins University
  • Brandeis University
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Florida
  • Boston University

Opportunities outside the classroom

  • Apply for one of the department's Jan Term internship positions at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. The Whitworth Honors Program also offers Fall Term and Jan Term internships at the Smithsonian.
  • Engage with faculty outside of the classroom. Our faculty members take students to conferences and local events, and lead off-campus study programs for students. Our faculty also welcome students into their homes for visits.
  • Attend fun department events like the fall kickoff, year-end ice cream social and annual protest songs singalong. 
  • Connect with fellow history-loving peers in History Club.
  • Join Phi Alpha Theta, the national honor society for history, and present research papers at the society's regional conference.

Pack your bags!

Whitworth offers several off-campus study programs to history majors, often in partnership with other departments like art, theatre, English, and world languages & cultures. You will have various opportunities to study in Europe, with options such as a multifaceted tour of the British Isles, a language immersion program in France or an art history program in Rome. Another choice for history majors is the Whitworth in China program, a study of Chinese culture and language based out of Beijing.

Ask our faculty

Ask Corliss

Professor Corliss Slack specializes in European and medieval history and archival research.

Anthony Clark

Ask Associate Professor Clark

Associate Professor Anthony Clark's expertise is in late-imperial China.

Dale Soden

Ask Dale

Professor Dale Soden teaches courses on subjects such as Pacific Northwest history, American popular culture and the Vietnam War.

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