History Department

SPU students walk across campus together on a sunny fall day

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

Historical study at SPU invites students to discover the complex worlds of the past across the globe, exploring cultural, political, and economic connections within and among societies. Our program underscores the usefulness of History in understanding social and economic inequalities and challenges, and the role that History can play in crafting solutions. As we study the past, we cultivate the practice of empathy and foster Christian hope for the future.


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Museum Studies

The Museum Studies Track supplements the History major core with coursework that helps you prepare for graduate study and employment in the field of museum studies and public history. (Photo courtesy of Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI).)

Female student on the Fremont Bridge in Seattle, near SPU

Equipping You to Succeed

In collaboration with the Center for Career and Calling (CCC), your history professors will provide oversight of your professional development within the program to help you identify and pursue the career path that will actualize your gifts and passions. Located in Seattle, SPU is uniquely positioned to take advantage of a multitude of internship opportunities in collaboration with leading corporations, governmental agencies and nonprofits to provide you with vital skills and work experience, laying the necessary foundation for success after graduation. The CCC helps you network, meet potential employers, explore different job sites, and secure local internships.