Beyond The Classroom

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: Henry Kamerling)

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: Tom Taylor)

Careers for Students of History

What career can a history degree offer you? Click here for an overview of career opportunities from the American Historical Association. 

What’s going on in Seattle now?

Here are some of the museums and institutions where history is constantly on display.
Most of the museums are free on first Thursday of each month. The Frye Art Museum is always free.
If you want to visit any of these places with your class, speak to a professor.

Museum of History and Industry-
Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience-
Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture-
The Nordic Museum-
Seattle Art Museum-
Seattle Asian Art Museum-
Holocaust Center for Humanity-
Frye Art Museum-
World Affairs Council-

History of Punishment, Policing, and Protest Reading List

Find the list here, which was compiled by the History Department at Seattle University beginning in June 2020.


  • H. Hazel Hahn, PhD


  • Melissa Poquiz

    Administrative Assistant