The study of History cultivates appreciation for the diversity of human experience and fosters empathy for the stories, traditions, cultures, and world views of historical groups and individuals. It also provides the foundation for informed participation in the local and the global community, by teaching its students how to apply critical thinking skills to solving problems.
Studying the past helps us better understand not only where we’ve been, but where we may be going. Historical knowledge has the power to be both individually and collectively transformative, and there is no better place in the Pacific Northwest to gain a critical understanding of the past than the PSU History Department. Our award-winning and internationally recognized faculty offer courses that span the globe and cover chronological periods from Antiquity to the Present, with concentrations in U.S. history since 1800; modern Europe and East Asia; Latin America, Africa, Russia, and the Middle East; ancient Rome and medieval Europe, environmental history, public history, and more.
History Department Internships with Marisa Miller
This one-hour Zoom presentation and QnA with Marisa Miller, Internship Coordinator, covers PSU History majors, minors, graduate students, and other interested undergraduates with a presentation to learn about the opportunities available through PSU's Career Center.
History Majors in the Workplace Recent Alumni Panel
In this conversation, three recent PSU History graduates talk about their experiences on the job market, where they went to work after earning their degrees, and how to sell your skills to potential employers. Professor John Ott, Chair of the History Department, facilitates the conversation.
Summer 2021 Department of History Newsletter
News about history student internships and award recipients; updates from the Pacific Historical Review; recaps of annual student events — History Slam! and Young Historians Conference; links to recorded Friends of History Lectures, and the Virtual Commencement Remarks from Department Chair John Ott.
Read past issues of the History Department Newsletter
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