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.
New History Programs beginning Autumn Quarter 2016
Talk to your academic advisor about how one of these new programs can help you reach your goals:
- Asian Studies (major and minor)
- Museum Studies (concentration)