Bachelor of Arts in History

About the History BA

Our History degree explores the richness and complexity of the past and its relevance to the present and future. By studying history, you will gain a deep understanding of different cultures, perspectives, and values, and develop critical thinking, communication, and analytical skills. We believe that by pursuing a degree in History, you will discover your unique place in the world and make a positive impact on society. You belong here, and we are excited to help you achieve your academic goals.

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Why Study History at CWU?

In the History Department, our faculty members are experts in their fields.

They are passionate about the history that has shaped society, politics, cultures, and even our physical environment. With specializations in histories across the world, including the U.S. West, U.S Borderlands, Modern East Asia, Latin America, Mexico, Russia, Ireland, the Pacific Northwest, Germany, the Middle East, and Africa, you will have the option to take a variety of classes, expanding your interests in the world and offering flexibility that other majors are often constrained by. You will also receive personalized attention and support, creating a welcoming and inclusive learning environment where you belong.

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How much does this program cost?

Explore information on Cost, Aid, and Value to make an informed decision about investing in your education at CWU.

Where can I find more information?

Please visit the CWU Academic Catalog for current information about admission requirements, course descriptions, learner outcomes, and credit information.

Program Options

We offer both a Small Plan and a Large Plan. The Small Plan requires the completion of a minor or second major. Please consult with the departments about any specific restrictions regarding overlap between plans.

Careers & Opportunities

Our program is designed to prepare you for a wide range of careers, from law and journalism to public service and education.

  • Historian or Museum Curator: You could pursue a career working in museums, parks, historical societies, or other cultural institutions. Historians and museum curators research, preserve, and interpret historical artifacts and documents.
  • Archivist: Archivists work in libraries, museums, and other institutions, organizing and preserving historical documents, photographs, and other materials.
  • Educator: Graduates can pursue careers as teachers, curriculum developers, and educational administrators, working in public and private schools, colleges, and universities.
  • Attorney: Historical study is an excellent foundation for law school.
  • Government Servitor: You could put your research and communication skills to work in any branch of local, state, and federal service.

Many students continue their education, pursuing master's or doctoral degrees in their chosen specialization.


History Professor Jason Knirck, Ph.D., was honored with the 2022 CWU Board of Trustees Distinguished Faculty Award. Knirck is currently serving as the Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities.

Kellie Hedgers completed her Ph.D. at Louisana State University in 2022 and started working as the curator at the Wedell-Williams Aviation and Cypress Sawmill Museum in Patterson, Louisiana. Her studies look at the overlooked figures from the golden age of aviation. Kellie received her MA in History in 2015.

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