WSU Vancouver History

Photograph of the Fort Vancouver historic site


Offered as: Major, Minor, Graduate program

The study of History at Washington State University Vancouver provides students with a broad background of African, Asian, European, Latin American and United States History. Specialties of the WSUV faculty include: Chicana/o Studies, Latin American Culture and Art, Slavery and the Atlantic World, North American Indians, Labor and Community in the United States, the African Diaspora, Ethnicity in Modern China, and the Pacific Northwest.

The History Program at WSUV offers undergraduate and graduate and minor degrees in history and helps students fulfill secondary education endorsement areas in Social Studies and/or History for the state of Washington. The graduate history degree program offers special tracks in public history and world history.

Students with undergraduate history degrees can work as teachers, historians, archivists, information specialists, writers, researchers, or in government service, business, the media, nonprofit organizations, or politics. With further study, history majors can teach college, practice medicine or law, enter the ministry or work as librarians.

To declare a MAJOR in History, please contact: Aaron Whelchel I 360-546-9578

History Formal Major

To declare a MINOR in History, please contact: Shellynda Michalek | 360-546-9106

History Formal Minor

For GRADUATE programs, please contact: Sue Peabody | 360-546-9647

History MA & PhD

Recent news:

• Associate Professor Xiuyu Wang has received a WSU Vancouver Faculty Research and Creative Activity Award to support his research.

• Professor Candice Goucher is the recipient of a 2014-15 Trent R. Dames Fellowship in the History of Civil Engineering at the Huntington Library, in support of her sabbatical project: The Memory of Iron: African Metallurgy in the Atlantic World.

• Two WSU Vancouver history grads have each recently won prestigious academic awards—the Roelker and Prelinger—and both will be honored in January at the annual conference of the American Historical Association (the nation's largest historical association) in Washington DC.

Shari Conditt was a recipient of the WSU Association of Faculty Women's best MA student award last year. She received her MA in History from WSUV in spring, earlier having been designated a James Madison fellow, which awarded her tuition expenses for WSUV and Georgetown University. Shari completed her degree while a full-time high school history teacher in nearby Woodland, parent of two young children, and president of her teacher's union. Read the press release »

Donna Sinclair graduated with her BA in history in 1995, as a single parent of 3 children. She worked as an intern at the Center for Columbia River History, then attended and received her MA in history from Portland State U. She has worked with Professor Laurie Mercier on various public history projects in the region, and she began working on her PhD in urban studies at PSU a few years ago. She has been teaching as an adjunct instructor in our WSUV history program for several years.

Past news:

• Professor Laurie Mercier presented "Reconsidering Rosie: Rugged Work in the North American Wests Since World War II" at the University of Alberta (Canada), where she is the Fulbright Research Chair for F-13. The lecture was part of the University’s "Feminist Research Speakers Series," sponsored by the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies.

Mercier also won the 2014 Donald J. Sterling Senior Fellowship in Pacific Northwest History at the Oregon Historical Society. The fellowship includes a $2500 stipend to cover four weeks of research at OHS.

• Clinical Assistant Professor Steve Fountain was an invited panelist for a roundtable on “Seeing Animals in History," and session chair and comment for “Peoplescape and Landscape" at the AHA Pacific Coast Branch meeting in Denver. He is also a WSUV Faculty Diversity Fellow for 2013-2014 working on a Native American program coordination project.

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) awarded Sue Peabody, professor of history at WSU Vancouver, a fellowship of $65,000 to complete her book, Slavery and Emancipation in the Indian Ocean World: A Family Biography. She will be on sabbatical leave during 2013-2014. Read the entire news release in WSUNews. She was one of 65 recipients of ACLS fellowships out of a total of 1,121 applicants this year (5.8%).

Contact the Department

Secretary Senior
(360) 546-9441

Upcoming events

Sep 20, 2014 10:00am

Sep 25, 2014 4:30pm