The History major, both large and small plans, prepares students to engage with the wider world from a more informed perspective; to understand the intersection of local, regional, national, and global factors; and to communicate ideas in a clear and meaningful way. We prioritize flexibility, international perspectives, diversity, and rigor. A history degree focuses on achievement, not convenience.
The History Department offers degrees that are not just pieces of paper, but instead represent the mastery of knowledge, skills, and qualities that create better citizens, strong writers, thoughtful and able analysts, careful researchers, excellent teachers, and outstanding employees. Our degree path offers flexibility, rather than restricting people to predetermined careers.
Likely Career Paths
Law, politics, archives, libraries, organizational research, museums, non-profit organizations, government agencies, and new areas such as public history and digital humanities.
- Cost: University-wide costs (cwu.edu/financial-aid/cost-attendance)
- Location: Ellensburg
- Primary contacts: 509-963-1655 | firstname.lastname@example.org | cwu.edu/history
|CWU Course #||CWU Course Name||Transfer Course #|
|*HIST 101||World History to 1500||HIST& 116 or HIST& 126|
|*HIST 102||World History 1500-1815||HIST& 117 or HIST& 127|
|*HIST 103||World History Since 1815||HIST& 118 or HIST& 128|
|**HIST 143||US History to 1865||HIST& 136 or HIST& 146|
|**HIST 144||US History Since 1865||HIST& 137 or HIST& 147|
|**HIST 144||US History Since 1865||HIST&148|
|HIST 301||Pacific Northwest History||HIST& 214|
*Western Civilization (HIST& 116, 117, 118 at Washington State community colleges) will substitute for World History.
**HIST& 146, HIST& 147, and HIST& 148 from a Washington State community college will receive credit for CWU's HIST 143, HIST 144, and HIST lower division elective credits.
Other options may be available. We recommend viewing the Transfer Equivalency Site (TES) for other acceptable equivalences or contacting us.
- A minimum of a 2.25 GPA is required in the program.
- The program typically requires seven quarters to complete.
- HIST 302 and HIST 481, students must earn a minimum grade of C as a major requirement.
- Any Washington state DTA (Direct Transfer Agreement) degree will satisfy all general education requirements.
- Students transferring in to pursue the History/Social Studies Teaching (HSST) major will also have to declare the Secondary Education Program and apply to the Teacher Certification Program once you have obtained/transferred in 45+ credits. Additionally, as a HSST major, you will have two advisors from two different academic colleges: College of Arts and Humanities (CAH), specific to the HSST major requirements, and the College of Education and Professional Studies (CEPS), specific to the Secondary Education Program.
- Students transferring from semester-based schools should be aware that 3-credit semester classes transfer to CWU as 4.5 credits.
- 100 or 200 level classes taken at community colleges or other universities are generally not acceptable as substitutions for upper-division major or minor requirements.
- Students should declare a major or minor as early as possible, in order to get into the system as a history major or minor and to be assigned to an advisor.
Major requirements may change over time; students will be expected to meet the catalog requirements in place for the quarter they are admitted to the major. Current catalog: https://catalog.acalog.cwu.edu/
Admissions: 509-963-1211 | email@example.com | cwu.edu/admissions
Financial Aid: 509-963-1611 | FinancialAid@cwu.edu | cwu.edu/financial-aid
Transfer Center: 509-963-1390 | firstname.lastname@example.org | cwu.edu/transfer
Veterans: 509-963-3028 | VA@cwu.edu | cwu.edu/veterans
International: +1-509-963-3612 | email@example.com | cwu.edu/programs/international-student-admissions