Welcome to the Department of History

In the Department of History, we are passionate about helping students explore the richness and complexity of the past.

About the History Department

We believe that studying history is not just about learning facts and figures, but about gaining a deeper understanding of human experience and its impact on our world today. In our classes, you will engage in opportunities that will broaden your perspectives and enhance your critical thinking, communication, and analytical skills. We believe that in our department, you will do the work that moves the world forward, making a positive impact on society and creating a better future for us all.

Why Study History?

You will find part of the world to connect with through history.

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Undergraduate Programs

More information about History Courses

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Graduate Programs

More information about Graduate Admissions

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Student Resources

Courses, catalog, advising, and more

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Faculty Resources

Faculty Resources for those Interested

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Latest news and events connected to the CWU Department of History.

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Why Study History at CWU?

History helps us understand the past and how it has shaped the present. It provides a framework for understanding the origins of current social, political, cultural, and economic systems and how they have evolved over time. It provides us with an understanding of different cultures, values, and perspectives, and helps us develop a more nuanced view of the world. Our faculty have expertise in history across the globe, from Medieval Europe to the US-Mexico Borderlands. You will find part of the world to connect with through history.

Degree Options

We offer degrees that create better citizens, strong writers, thoughtful and able analysts, excellent teachers, and outstanding professionals.



Minors and Certificate

Learn more about our degree options through our Program Finder.


For general university admissions information, contact the Office of Admissions. For advising information, contact Academic Advising.

Are you a graduate student? Contact the School of Graduate Studies and Research for admissions information.


What we do and who we are

Read through our Central History Newsletter to see the achievements of our students, faculty, and alumni.

The History Club

Our History Club meets in conjunction with Phi Alpha Theta, the national honors society for history, at Central. Our purpose is to make an open and enjoyable space for those with any interest in history. The Club focuses on the needs of the membership, with an emphasis on collaborative learning and improvement. We sponsor events such as movie nights, guest lectures, study groups, and game nights. All are welcome.

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History Department

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