The Department of History at Washington University offers history majors and minors the opportunity to develop a coherent and challenging program of study. We also encourage all undergraduates to incorporate the discipline of historical thinking into their liberal arts education. In all courses, students are taught the kinds of skills that will help them succeed both in classes at Wash U and in post-graduate career. History students learn to read carefully, think critically, research honestly, and present information and ideas clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing.
The Department of History offers a wide variety of courses, ranging from the ancient world to the present, and across Africa, Asia, the Mideast, Europe and the Americas. There are many opportunities for small-group learning and discussion, in freshman seminars, sophomore honors colloquium, writing-intensive seminars, and advanced seminars. The history major is structured to be flexible, and encourages students both to pursue established interests and to explore topics, time periods and locales that may be less familiar.
The Department of History prides itself on the individual attention faculty mentors provide students. Graduates express great satisfaction with their experience in the major, mentioning in particular faculty's knowledge of the subject matter, dynamic teaching, and respect for students.
The study of history is key to becoming a well-informed, thoughtful, and effective citizen of the nation and the world. It is also fun!
To engage students beyond the classroom, the Department of History sponsors the Phi Alpha Theta Honorary Society, produces a regular Undergraduate Studies Newsletter, works with the International Relations Roundtable, and regularly hosts lectures, discussions, and receptions. To subscribe to the newsletter, please send your @wustl.edu email address using the button below.
Please feel free to contact me with questions about our courses or about the major. My office is in Busch Hall, room 212. My email address is: email@example.com. I look forward to hearing from you.
Students interested in the history minor should contact Professor Krister Knapp via email or in Busch Hall, room133.
Professor Corinna Treitel
Director, Undergraduate Studies