History Department

The history program focuses on the values, as well as the ideas, personalities, and institutions that existed in the past and shaped the present. Concerned with perceptions of reality and historic reality itself, the history program attempts to exploit all forms of information concerning the past-myth, folklore, legend, and works of art, as well as conventional manuscript and published sources. While the department attempts to assist all students in acquiring that knowledge of the past that is essential to the educated person in the modern world, it is especially concerned with developing the methods and techniques unique to historical inquiry, By consistently raising questions regarding "how we know" as well as "what we know," the department aims at the development of fundamental intellectual skills that will be of lifelong utility.

Degrees offered: BA, BA with Department Honors, minor

Scholarly Excellence - History

Go behind the scenes with some of Seattle U's most acclaimed faculty members in our Scholarly Excellence videos. Footage was taken during photo shoots for an academic research brochure and a special academic excellence edition of our alumni magazine. All videos by Eric Becker.


Internship Program

History Majors can participate in the Public History Intern Program, which is coordinated by Dr. Henry Kamerling. Students earn course credits by interning, under professional supervision, at public history agencies in the Seattle area—including museums, historical societies, archives, and similar institutions. Interns often find that they are able to under-stand history from a different perspective than that obtained in the classroom, and their experience has helped some to obtain subsequent employment in the field.
(Contact Dr. Kamerling: kamerlih@seattleu.edu;)

Phi Alpha Theta

Seattle University has a very active group of students who participate in Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society. Activities include a highly popular film series, coffeehouse discussions, a brown-bag lunch seminar, and student- led panel discussions. Recent SU history students have won national Phi Alpha Theta awards for their research papers and conference presentations, and are the recipients of Phi Alpha Theta graduate student fellowships.
(Contact Dr. Tom Taylor: TWTAYLOR@seattleu.edu)


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