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Welcome to the History Department at Seattle Pacific University!

History is the study of the vast record of human experience, serves as the collective memory of humankind.  As memory defines selfhood and guides behavior, so history teaches about social identity and responsibility. 

And just as memory changes and matures, so does the collective understanding of the past change as new evidence is discovered and new perspectives are developed. Like a detective hunt, the discipline of history teaches us to seek facts, weigh interpretations, and draw conclusions.  It requires wide reading, deep thinking, and clear communication.

Historical study at SPU seeks a balanced understanding of world cultures, exploring the roots and development of Western civilization in the ancient and medieval periods, tracing the interaction between the West and the rest of the world, and probing more deeply into American, European, and non-Westernhistory.  Along the way, we are able to trace the impact of Christianity in both Western and non-Western settings.

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Announcing History Student Museum Interns for 2014-15

Congratulations to our three SPU History students in 2014-15 who obtained museum internships:
Kyra Bergan, Museum of History and Industry
Sarah Ewert, Museum Without Walls (2 quarters)
Christi Hester, Museum of History and Industry

In 2013-14 five SPU students completed museum internships:
Sarah Blake, Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture (2 quarters)
Sarah Ewert, Museum Without Walls
Becca Kuhn, Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture (2 quarters)
Hannah Monson, Museum of History and Industry
Stephen York, Museum of History and Industry

A total of twenty-three SPU History students have been interns at Seattle area museums in the past five years.


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