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College of Arts and Humanities
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

Jason Knirck

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Historians are the masters of establishing meaning by studying the people and artifacts that came before us. The study of history is ideal for students interested in developing career skills in research, writing, argumentation, and documentation.


History students learn to interpret and give meaning to the events of the past, which can often provide insights into why things are the way they are today. Such skills are transferable to wide variety of fields including journalism, the law, analytics, and law enforcement.

Why this program?

Being a history teacher rates 4 out of 5 (highly satisfied) in career satisfaction. History teachers make $71,000 a year at mid-career.


Why history at CWU?

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, excellent teachers, and outstanding employees.

CWU’s history students have excellent opportunities for networking through a number of student organizations including: American Historical Association, the CWU History Club, the International Students of History Association, and Phi Alpha Theta national honor society.

Not only do the faculty take pride in their field and are passionate about teaching, they also take time to get to know each student personally. We invite you to experience our small and intimate program which caters to all different types of individual needs. 

CWU History Career Opportunities

The discipline of history can lead to career choices from teaching at the K-12 and college level, but it also can lead to so many other career paths such as law, politics, archivist, librarian, research for public and private organizations, museum curation, non-profit organizational work, and new areas such as public history and digital humanities careers. Being a history teacher rates 4 out of 5 (highly satisfied) in career satisfaction. History teachers make about $71,000 a year at mid-career. Central students have served in a wide variety of internships including: Washington State Historical Society, City of Tacoma, Olympic National Park, Kittitas County Historical Museum, Northern Kittitas County Historical Society, and Thorp Mill Town Historical Preservation Society.

Career Opportunities

A degree in history can be a doorway to a career as an:



Documentary editor






Experience History at CWU

Points of Pride

Patience Collier, history major, was co-recipient of the 2016 James and Katie Gaudino Scholar of the Year Award for her undergraduate research project for SOURCE.

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