History Major, Bachelor of Arts (BA)

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Students may choose the 50- or the 65-credit major.


The 50-credit History major requires the completion of a minor or certificate approved by a history advisor.

Notes: 

  • two years of a single high school foreign language or one year of a single college level foreign language is required; completion of two or more years of a college-level foreign language is strongly recommended; 
  • students must complete at least 25 credits of this major at Eastern Washington University;
  • must include 35 upper-division credits in the total.
Required Courses
Introductory Survey–choose one from the following5
WORLD HISTORY: TO 1500
WORLD HISTORY; FROM 1500
EAST ASIA: TRADITION AND TRANSFORMATION
WESTERN HERITAGE: ORIGINS TO THE 18TH CENTURY
WESTERN HERITAGE: 18TH CENTURY TO THE PRESENT
AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: A SURVEY
Foundation Courses
HIST 290HISTORY TODAY: ISSUES AND PRACTICES5
or HIST 389 PUBLIC HISTORY
HIST 390HISTORIAN AS DETECTIVE5
HIST 490SENIOR CAPSTONE SEMINAR5
Core Courses–25+ credits must be upper-division and must include at least one pre-modern course, indicated by an asterisk (*) in the core course distribution list below.
Core Course Distribution List (* indicates a pre-modern core course)
Note: Courses that are listed under more than one heading may be applied toward either area. However, such courses may not be double counted (i.e., a single course may not be simultaneously applied to two areas).
U.S. History10
AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY: POST CIVIL WAR TO PRESENT
AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY: POST CIVIL WAR TO PRESENT
AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY: POST CIVIL WAR TO PRESENT
U.S. HISTORY 1607-1877
U.S. HISTORY 1877-PRESENT
PATHS TO THE AMERICAN PRESENT
ASIAN AMERICAN HISTORY
AMERICAN INDIAN HISTORY I
AMERICAN INDIAN HISTORY I
AMERICAN INDIAN HISTORY II
AMERICAN INDIAN HISTORY II
HIST OF AMERICAN WILDERNESS
WOMEN IN THE AMERICAN WEST
WOMEN IN THE AMERICAN WEST
WOMEN IN AMERICAN HISTORY
WOMEN IN AMERICAN HISTORY
WOMEN AND MEN IN HISTORY
WOMEN AND MEN IN HISTORY
HOMETOWN HISTORY
SLAVERY IN THE U.S.
SLAVERY IN THE U.S.
HISTORY OF MODERN AMERICAN WOMEN
HISTORY OF MODERN AMERICAN WOMEN
COLONIAL AMERICA, 1607-1763
AMERICAN REVOLUTION, 1763-1824
THE AGE OF JACKSON
CIVIL WAR AND RECONSTRUCTION
CONTEMPORARY AMERICA
HISTORY OF AMERICAN FORIEGN RELATIONS FROM 1898
HISTORY OF AMERICAN WEST
HISTORY AND GOVERNMENT OF THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST
ECONOMIC HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES
ECONOMIC HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES
European History10
MODERN EUROPE
RENAISSANCE AND REFORMATION (*)
WAR AND SOCIETY
RUSSIA TO 1905
HISTORY OF SPAIN
20TH CENTURY GERMANY, FROM WORLD WARS TO COLD WAR
20TH CENTURY GERMANY, FROM WORLD WARS TO COLD WAR
GREEK HISTORY TO 400 BC (*)
HELLENISTIC GREECE (*)
ROMAN REPUBLIC (*)
ROMAN EMPIRE (*)
ANCIENT NEAR EAST (*)
HISTORY OF ENGLAND TO 1603 (*)
HISTORY OF ENGLAND 1603-1870
MODERN BRITAIN SINCE 1870
BRITSH EMPIRE SINCE 1850
IRISH HISTORY AND CULTURE
IRISH HISTORY AND CULTURE
HISTORY OF MODERN GERMANY
FRENCH REVOLUTION AND NAPOLEON
DIPLOMATIC HISTORY OF EUROPE, 1914 TO THE PRESENT
20TH CENTURY RUSSIA
Global/Comparative History10
EARLY AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY: ANCIENT AFRICA TO THE END OF THE RECONSTRUCTION 1877 (*)
EARLY AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY: ANCIENT AFRICA TO THE END OF THE RECONSTRUCTION 1877
CHICANO HISTORY (*)
CHICANO HISTORY
HISTORY OF THE PRESENT
IMPERIAL CHINA
COLONIALISM AND NATIONALISM IN SOUTHEAST ASIA
ASIAN AMERICAN HISTORY
AFRICAN HISTORY: ANCIENT AFRICA TO MANDELA (*)
AFRICAN HISTORY: ANCIENT AFRICA TO MANDELA
MIDDLE EASTERN HISTORY AND CULTURE
MIDDLE EASTERN HISTORY AND CULTURE
MIDDLE EASTERN HISTORY AND CULTURE
THE HISTORICAL GEOGRAPHY OF CANADA
THE HISTORICAL GEOGRAPHY OF CANADA
GEOGRAPHIES OF CONFLICT IN THE MIDDLE EAST
GEOGRAPHIES OF CONFLICT IN THE MIDDLE EAST
GEOGRAPHIES OF CONFLICT IN THE MIDDLE EAST
DISCOVERING WOMEN IN SCIENCE
DISCOVERING WOMEN IN SCIENCE
DISCOVERING WOMEN IN SCIENCE
DISCOVERING WOMEN IN SCIENCE
DISCOVERING WOMEN IN SCIENCE
DISCOVERING WOMEN IN SCIENCE
DISCOVERING WOMEN IN SCIENCE
WAR AND SOCIETY
GENDER AND TOTAL WAR
GENDER AND TOTAL WAR
RUSSIA TO 1905 (*)
LATIN AMERICAN HISTORY (*)
DARWIN AND HIS DISCONTENTS
CHINA IN 19TH AND 20TH CENTURIES
DEMOCRACY AND HUMAN RIGHTS IN ASIA
MODERN JAPAN
POLITICS OF CULTURE: ISRAEL AND PALESTINE
POLITICS OF CULTURE: ISRAEL AND PALESTINE
POLITICS OF CULTURE: ISRAEL AND PALESTINE
HISTORY OF WORLD WAR I
HISTORY OF WORLD WAR II
20TH CENTURY RUSSIA
COLONIAL LATIN AMERICA
CULTURAL HISTORY OF LATIN AMERICA
HISTORY OF MEXICO (*)
SLAVERY IN THE NEW WORLD (*)
SLAVERY IN THE NEW WORLD
BUILT ENVIRONMENTS OF NORTH AMERICA: SYMBOL AND STRUCTURE
BUILT ENVIRONMENTS OF NORTH AMERICA: SYMBOL AND STRUCTURE
BUILT ENVIRONMENTS OF NORTH AMERICA: SYMBOL AND STRUCTURE
Total Credits50

The 65-credit major does not require a minor.

Notes:

  • two years of a single high school foreign language or one year of a single college level foreign language is required; completion of two or more years of a college-level foreign language is strongly recommended;
  • students must complete at least 25 credits of this major at Eastern Washington University.
Required Introductory Surveys–choose two from the following10
WORLD HISTORY: TO 1500
WORLD HISTORY; FROM 1500
EAST ASIA: TRADITION AND TRANSFORMATION
WESTERN HERITAGE: ORIGINS TO THE 18TH CENTURY
WESTERN HERITAGE: 18TH CENTURY TO THE PRESENT
AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: A SURVEY
Required Foundation Courses
HIST 290HISTORY TODAY: ISSUES AND PRACTICES5
or HIST 389 PUBLIC HISTORY
HIST 390HISTORIAN AS DETECTIVE5
HIST 490SENIOR CAPSTONE SEMINAR5
Required Core–must include at least one pre-modern course, indicated by an asterisk (*) in the core course distribution list below.
Core Course Distribution List (* indicates a pre-modern core course)
Note: Courses that are listed under more than one heading may be applied toward either area. However, such courses may not be double counted (i.e., a single course may not be simultaneously applied to two areas).
U.S. History 10
AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY: POST CIVIL WAR TO PRESENT
AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY: POST CIVIL WAR TO PRESENT
AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY: POST CIVIL WAR TO PRESENT
U.S. HISTORY 1607-1877
U.S. HISTORY 1877-PRESENT
PATHS TO THE AMERICAN PRESENT
ASIAN AMERICAN HISTORY
AMERICAN INDIAN HISTORY I
AMERICAN INDIAN HISTORY I
AMERICAN INDIAN HISTORY II
AMERICAN INDIAN HISTORY II
HIST OF AMERICAN WILDERNESS
WOMEN IN THE AMERICAN WEST
WOMEN IN THE AMERICAN WEST
WOMEN IN AMERICAN HISTORY
WOMEN IN AMERICAN HISTORY
WOMEN AND MEN IN HISTORY
WOMEN AND MEN IN HISTORY
HOMETOWN HISTORY
SLAVERY IN THE U.S.
SLAVERY IN THE U.S.
HISTORY OF MODERN AMERICAN WOMEN
HISTORY OF MODERN AMERICAN WOMEN
COLONIAL AMERICA, 1607-1763
AMERICAN REVOLUTION, 1763-1824
THE AGE OF JACKSON
CIVIL WAR AND RECONSTRUCTION
CONTEMPORARY AMERICA
HISTORY OF AMERICAN FORIEGN RELATIONS FROM 1898
HISTORY OF AMERICAN WEST
HISTORY AND GOVERNMENT OF THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST
ECONOMIC HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES
ECONOMIC HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES
European History10
MODERN EUROPE
RENAISSANCE AND REFORMATION (*)
WAR AND SOCIETY
RUSSIA TO 1905 (*)
HISTORY OF SPAIN (*)
20TH CENTURY GERMANY, FROM WORLD WARS TO COLD WAR
20TH CENTURY GERMANY, FROM WORLD WARS TO COLD WAR
GREEK HISTORY TO 400 BC (*)
HELLENISTIC GREECE (*)
ROMAN REPUBLIC (*)
ROMAN EMPIRE (*)
ANCIENT NEAR EAST (*)
HISTORY OF ENGLAND TO 1603 (*)
HISTORY OF ENGLAND 1603-1870
MODERN BRITAIN SINCE 1870
BRITSH EMPIRE SINCE 1850
IRISH HISTORY AND CULTURE
IRISH HISTORY AND CULTURE
HISTORY OF MODERN GERMANY
FRENCH REVOLUTION AND NAPOLEON
DIPLOMATIC HISTORY OF EUROPE, 1914 TO THE PRESENT
20TH CENTURY RUSSIA
Global/Comparative History 10
EARLY AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY: ANCIENT AFRICA TO THE END OF THE RECONSTRUCTION 1877 (*)
EARLY AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY: ANCIENT AFRICA TO THE END OF THE RECONSTRUCTION 1877
CHICANO HISTORY (*)
CHICANO HISTORY
HISTORY OF THE PRESENT
IMPERIAL CHINA
COLONIALISM AND NATIONALISM IN SOUTHEAST ASIA
ASIAN AMERICAN HISTORY
AFRICAN HISTORY: ANCIENT AFRICA TO MANDELA (*)
AFRICAN HISTORY: ANCIENT AFRICA TO MANDELA
MIDDLE EASTERN HISTORY AND CULTURE
MIDDLE EASTERN HISTORY AND CULTURE
MIDDLE EASTERN HISTORY AND CULTURE
THE HISTORICAL GEOGRAPHY OF CANADA
THE HISTORICAL GEOGRAPHY OF CANADA
GEOGRAPHIES OF CONFLICT IN THE MIDDLE EAST
GEOGRAPHIES OF CONFLICT IN THE MIDDLE EAST
GEOGRAPHIES OF CONFLICT IN THE MIDDLE EAST
DISCOVERING WOMEN IN SCIENCE
DISCOVERING WOMEN IN SCIENCE
DISCOVERING WOMEN IN SCIENCE
DISCOVERING WOMEN IN SCIENCE
DISCOVERING WOMEN IN SCIENCE
DISCOVERING WOMEN IN SCIENCE
DISCOVERING WOMEN IN SCIENCE
WAR AND SOCIETY
GENDER AND TOTAL WAR
GENDER AND TOTAL WAR
RUSSIA TO 1905 (*)
LATIN AMERICAN HISTORY (*)
DARWIN AND HIS DISCONTENTS
CHINA IN 19TH AND 20TH CENTURIES
DEMOCRACY AND HUMAN RIGHTS IN ASIA
MODERN JAPAN
POLITICS OF CULTURE: ISRAEL AND PALESTINE
POLITICS OF CULTURE: ISRAEL AND PALESTINE
POLITICS OF CULTURE: ISRAEL AND PALESTINE
HISTORY OF WORLD WAR I
HISTORY OF WORLD WAR II
20TH CENTURY RUSSIA
COLONIAL LATIN AMERICA
CULTURAL HISTORY OF LATIN AMERICA
HISTORY OF MEXICO (*)
SLAVERY IN THE NEW WORLD (*)
SLAVERY IN THE NEW WORLD
BUILT ENVIRONMENTS OF NORTH AMERICA: SYMBOL AND STRUCTURE
BUILT ENVIRONMENTS OF NORTH AMERICA: SYMBOL AND STRUCTURE
BUILT ENVIRONMENTS OF NORTH AMERICA: SYMBOL AND STRUCTURE
Additional History Electives10
Total Credits65

For information on General Education, see Undergraduate Degree .

Student Learning Outcomes—students will

  • display an ability to do original research in library, archival and electronic resources;
  • develop writing proficiency on historical topics;
  • analyze and interpret a wide spectrum of historical source materials;
  • demonstrate knowledge about a wide variety of historical issues, themes, events and persons;
  • articulate how their historical training can be applied in various careers;
  • display an appreciation for the culturally diverse nature of human beings from a historical perspective.