Studying history—learning about the world’s people, societies and ideas—is like traveling without leaving home.

History helps us see the world through different perspectives, understand how we came to be as we are, and imagine and build a future together.

The history program at WSU Vancouver explores the “how?” and “why?” of the past. You learn to do research, write with precision and clarity, and analyze history in a variety of media.

You will enjoy small classes taught by award-winning faculty, who share their enthusiasms with their classes. Faculty research projects span the globe, from Pacific Northwest and U.S. history to the peoples of Africa, China, Europe, the Middle East and Latin America, as well as historical perspectives on such topics as the environment, slavery, gender and sexuality.

With a bachelor’s degree in history from WSU Vancouver, you will be able to:

  • Identify and state problems of historical analysis.
  • Understand the difference between fact and interpretation.
  • Identify and use information appropriate for historical research.
  • Communicate effectively with a variety of audiences.
  • Recognize the contested nature of evidence and the value of historical scholarly debate.
  • Show awareness of change over time.
  • Be able to understand the present in the context of history.