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George Santayana wrote, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." History provides knowledge for unlocking all other realms of human development. The study of history provides a solid foundation not only for history and social studies education majors, but for careers in law, business, government, international relations, journalism, library services and museums, to name but a few.

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    George Santayana wrote that "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." History provides the most useful key of knowledge for unlocking all other realms of human development. It embraces many fields of academic enquiry and uses them to provide a detailed picture of various cultures and their governments, legal systems, social behavior, art, economic systems, literature, religious, medicines, technologies, sports, fashions, and myriad other endeavors. A university-level education would be inconceivable without it, because learning about the past is imperative to understanding the present and preparing for the future. The study of history provides a solid foundation not only for history and social studies education majors, but for careers in law, business, government, international relations, journalism, library services, and museums, to name but a few. As peoples of different ethnicities interact with each other more frequently in the 21st Century, understanding each others' past paves the way for harmonious and beneficial cross-cultural relations.

    In addition to resources of the University Library, students have access to materials at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture and the Washington State Archives, Eastern Region. Internships are available at several agencies in the area, such as the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, the University Archives, and the City/County Historic Preservation Office.

    What will I study?

    BACHELOR OF ARTS (BA)

    Student Learning Outcomes – Students will:

    • Show 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.

    General Degree Completion Requirements:

    The History Department offers both a major and a minor for the Bachelor of Arts degrees. History courses also appear in Africana Studies, American Indian Studies, Chicano Studies and Women's Studies Programs. The department also offers a Master of Arts degree.

    Courses used to fulfill the History Program requirements for the BA (50 and 65 credit options) and the History Minor (18 credits) require a minimum of 2.0 in each course and a minimum GPA of 2.5 for all such courses. Required courses in the following programs of study may have prerequisites. Visit the History Department's Course Description Page for clarification.

    Any student who is considering a major or minor in history is strongly encouraged to consult with an advisor from the Department of History in the early stages of his or her academic study at EWU.

    HISTORY MAJOR (50 CREDITS)

    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; the 50-credit History major requires the completion of a minor or certificate approved by a history advisor; students must complete at least 25 credits of this major at Eastern Washington University.

    REQUIRED COURSES

    Introductory Survey chosen from the following (5 credits)

    HIST 102 World History: To 1500 (5)
    HIST 103 World History: From 1500 (5)
    HIST 104 East Asia: Tradition and Transformation (5)
    HIST 105 Western Heritage: Origins to the 18th Century (5)
    HIST 106 Western Heritage: 18th Century to the Present (5)
    HIST 110 The American Experience: A Survey (5)

    Foundation Courses (15 credits)

    HIST 290 History Today: Issues and Practices (5) or HIST 389 Public History (5)
    HIST 390 Historian as Detective: Introduction to Historical Research Methods (5)
    HIST 490 Senior Capstone Seminar (5)

    Core Courses (30 credits, 20 credits or more upper division)

    U.S. History (10) European History (10) Global/Comparative History (10) Core courses must include at least one pre-modern course, indicated by an asterisk (*) in the core course distribution list below.

    HISTORY MAJOR (65 CREDITS)

    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 COURSES

    Introductory Survey chosen from the following (10 credits)

    HIST 102 World History: To 1500 (5)
    HIST 103 World History: From 1500 (5)
    HIST 104 East Asia: Tradition and Transformation (5) 
    HIST 105 Western Heritage: Origins to the 18th Century (5)
    HIST 106 Western Heritage: 18th Century to the Present (5)
    HIST 110 The American Experience: A Survey (5)

    Foundation Courses (15 credits)

    HIST 290 History Today: Issues and Practices (5) or HIST 389 Public History (5)
    HIST 390 Historian as Detective: Introduction to Historical Research Methods (5)
    HIST 490 Senior Capstone Seminar (5)
      

    Core Courses (40 credits, 30 credits or more upper division)

    U.S. History (10) European History (10) Global/Comparative History (10) Additional Electives (10) Core courses 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:

    HIST/AAST 216 20th Century African American History (5)
    HIST 303 U.S. History, 1607-1877(5)
    HIST 304 U.S. History, 1877-Present (5)
    HIST 305 Paths to the American Present (5)
    HIST 313 Asian American History (5)
    HIST 373 History of the American Wilderness (5)
    HIST 392 Women in the American West (3)
    HIST/WMST 394 Women in American History (4)
    HIST/WMST 405 Women and Men in History (1)
    HIST/AAST 466 Slavery in the U.S. (5)
    HIST/WMST 468 History of Modern American Women (4)
    HIST 470 The First American Frontier, 1607-1763 (4)
    HIST 471 Era of the American Revolution, 1763-1789 (4)
    HIST 472 The Young Republic, the U.S. from 1783-1824 (5)
    HIST 473 The Age of Jackson (5)
    HIST 475 Civil War and Reconstruction (5)
    HIST 478 Contemporary America (5)
    HIST 481 History of Foreign Relations from 1898 (5)
    HIST 482 History of the American West (5)
    HIST 483 History and Government of the Pacific Northwest (5)
    HIST 487/ECON 412 Economic History of the U.S. (5)
    HIST 489/ECON 420 Labor History (5)

    European History:

    HIST 306 Modern Europe (5)
    HIST 341 The Renaissance and the Reformation (5)*
    HIST 350 War and Society (5)
    HIST 360 History of Spain (5)*
    HIST/GERM 382 20th Century Germany (5)
    HIST 425 Greek History to 400 BC (5)*
    HIST 426 Hellenistic Greece (5)*
    HIST 427 Roman Republic (5)*
    HIST 428 Roman Empire (5)*
    HIST 429 Ancient Near East (5)*
    HIST 430 History of England to 1603 (5)*
    HIST 431 History of England, 1603 to 1870 (5)
    HIST 432 Modern Britain, Since 1870 (5)
    HIST 433 British Empire Since 1850 (5)
    HIST/ANTH 435 Irish History and Culture (5)
    HIST 445 History of Modern Germany (5)
    HIST 448 French Revolution and Napoleon (5)
    HIST 454 Diplomatic History of Europe, 1914 to the Present (5)
    HIST 455 Medieval Russia (5)* HIST 456 Imperial Russia (5)
    HIST 457 20th Century Russia (5)

    Global/Comparative History:

    HIST/AAST 215 Early African American History (5)*
    HIST/CHST 218 Chicano History (5)*
    HIST 301 History of the Present (5) HIST 310 Imperial China (5)
    HIST 311 Colonialism and Nationalism in Southeast Asia (5)
    HIST 313 Asian American History (5)
    HIST/AAST 315 African History (5)*
    HIST/ANTH/GEOG 320 Middle Eastern History and Culture (5)
    HIST/GEOG 334 The Historical Geography of Canada (4)
    HIST/ANTH/GEOG 336 Geographies of Conflict in the Middle East (5)
    HIST/BIOL/CHEM/GEOL/PHYS/PSYC/WMST 338 Discovering Women in Science (1)
    HIST 350 War and Society (5)
    HIST/WMST 351 Gender in the Century of Total War (5)
    HIST 365 Latin American History (5)*
    HIST 406 Darwin and His Discontents (5)
    HIST 410 China in the 19th and 20th Centuries (5)
    HIST 411 Democracy and Human Rights in Asia (5)
    HIST 416 Modern Japan (5)
    HIST/ANTH/GEOG 436 Politics of Culture: Israel and Palestine (5)
    HIST 440 History of World War I (4)
    HIST 441 History of World War II (4)
    HIST 455 Medieval Russia (5)*
    HIST 456 Imperial Russia (5)
    HIST 457 20th Century Russia (5)
    HIST 461 Colonial Latin America (5)
    HIST 463 Cultural History of Latin America (5)
    HIST 464 History of Mexico (5)*
    HIST 456 The Rise and Fall of Slavery in the New World, 1500-1888 (5)*
    HIST/GEOG/PLAN 469 Built Environments of North America (3)

    For a full description of these classes visit the History Course Description Page.

    Contact Information

    History Department
    103 Patterson Hall
    Cheney, WA 99004-2424

    email: eslack@ewu.edu
    phone: 509.359.2337

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