Program Summary

Degrees and Specializations Offered

Bachelor of Arts with a Major in History: In order to earn the bachelor of arts degree with a major in history, students must complete a minimum of 180 credits with a cumulative and major/program grade point average of 2.00. Click here for degree requirements and course descriptions.

Bachelor of Arts with a Major in History with Departmental Honors: The history departmental honors major offers an opportunity for motivated and capable students to engage in more extensive interaction with faculty and to complete challenging individual research projects that will further their personal and professional goals. To be accepted to the program, students must have a cumulative and major/program grade point average of 3.50. Interested students should apply to the department chairperson in spring quarter for the following year’s department honors courses. Upon acceptance, a Change of Major, Degree, or Specialization form is submitted to the Office of the Registrar. Click here for degree requirements.

Minor in History: In order to earn a minor in history, students must complete 35 credits in history. Click here for degree requirements.

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:;)

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)


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