History Program (Major, minor)
Department overview • History (M.,
m.) • Political science (M., m.) •
International relations (m.) •
Social Action Speaker Series
What is the History Program?
History is the critical examination of the world's peoples, places, and
cultures in the past. History is about getting the big picture of how and why
Historians study everything that humans do -- including politics, work,
religion, social movements and war. They learn how to:
- Understand complex situations and make sense of them.
- Understand the past to make sense of the present and to shape the future.
- Dig to get the truths beyond the headlines, news bites and simple answers.
Why study history at Saint Martin's?
At Saint Martin’s we believe that geographical, cultural, and temporal
specializations are essential to the study of history, and, therefore, our
program makes it possible for students to pursue concentrations in:
- United States history
- European history
- Non-Western history
We also offer courses in:
- African history
- Asian history
- Latin American history
- Middle Eastern history
Unique thematic and methodological courses such as immigration, women's, and labor history, compliment the core courses.
- Academic rigor prepares students for advanced study.
- Approximately 50 percent of graduates pursue advanced degrees. Saint Martin’s graduates have
been accepted at such institutions as Seattle University, University of
Arizona, University of Washington and Willamette University.
- Each department faculty member has received the Saint Martin's Outstanding Faculty Award.
- Professor Aaron Goings is a Fulbright Scholarship recipient (Finland 2014-2015)
For a complete list of program goals, objectives and outcomes, please
visit our undergraduate history outcomes website.
What can I do with this major?
It is our expectation that graduates from the history program will have
excellent oral and written communication skills. Developing these skills will
help graduates from the history program secure professional positions as
educators and in the field of public history.
In part because of the skills students learn within our program, history
graduates from Saint Martin's have successfully pursued careers in:
- Social Justice
For a complete list of professional applications,
whatcanidowiththismajor.com. For additional information about how Saint
Martin’s can help you find the career for you, visit
our Career Center.
What is required?
- 27 semester hours of upper-division courses in history. Varies depending on your emphasis.
(United States, European or Non-Western history)
- Nine credits in political science (six of which must be upper-division).
No more than six semester hours of internship credit may be applied toward
requirements for a history major.
For information on the Washington State teacher education endorsement in history, please
refer to the requirements as outlined in the
education section of the academic catalog. For specific requirements for the endorsement in history, please review the
History - Grades 5-12, Competency-based Endorsement form.
- Six semester hours of lower-division courses in American history or European history.
- Six semester hours of upper-division courses in American history or European history.
- Six semester hours of upper-division courses in political science.
For a complete breakdown of history requirements, visit the undergraduate academic catalog.
Note: All Saint Martin's students must complete the University's
general education requirements.
Research / internship opportunities
Saint Martin’s students have ample opportunity to display the skills they
acquire at Saint Martin's by working as history interns on campus and in the
wider community, as well as during the annual Saint Martin's Scholars' Day
presentations and the public presentations of their senior capstone projects.
Internship opportunities include:
- Washington State Legislature
- Washington State Historical Society
- Simpson Timber Archive
- Historical associations throughout Washington
Related fields of study
Political Science (M., m.) |
International relations (m.)