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-Western
history. Along the way, we are able to trace the impact of
Christianity in both Western and non-Western settings.