History and Philosophy Department
The department offers a major in history as well as minors in history, philosophy, and legal studies. Students within the department often pursue academic activities outside the department including a secondary teaching certificate, a second major, and/or the honors program. Contact Academic Advisement if you have questions: (509) 527-2132.
History Major and Minor
The work in history is fourfold: to promote a better understanding of the past and an appreciation of the present; to formulate a constructive philosophy of history; to train in skills of research and evaluation; to prepare students for teaching, graduate and professional schools, and government service. A student majoring in history must complete 58 quarter hours in the major, the general studies program, and all baccalaureate degree requirements as outlined in the bulletin. Students must also complete and present a senior history thesis.
The history minor is well paired with many other majors and complements any area of study. A student minoring in history must complete 28 quarter hours.
The philosophy minor provide a framework for students to develop critical thinking skills, to study major figures and schools in the history of philosophy, to draw connections between philosophy and other disciplines, and to analyze moral, spiritual, metaphysical, epistemological, and logical questions and issues. The minor in philosophy enhances student preparation for graduate programs in the humanities and theology, and for professional programs in education, law, medicine, or government. A student minoring in philosophy must complete 28 credit hours.
Legal Studies Minor
The legal studies minor is designed specifically for students preparing to continue to law school after completing their bachelor's degree. Students pursuing a legal studies minor are trained and advised by Dr. Tim Golden, a licensed attorney. A student minoring in legal studies must complete 30 credit hours.
History Major Teacher Certification
Students pursuing Washington State teacher certification in history or social studies must fulfill certification requirements listed by the School of Education and Psychology, complete a history major, and take the following courses:
- HIST 446 History of the Pacific Northwest
- HIST 395 Methods of Teaching Social Studies
- GEOG 252 Physical Geography
- PLSC 224 American Government
Please refer to the certification check sheet available from the School of Education and Psychology for additional information.