History major

As a student of History, you will learn to understand chronology and cause and effect reasoning - skills that are essential in all fields of research. You will learn how to gather information from primary and secondary sources, cull and analyze that information and identify its most significant aspects, reach conclusions based on that analysis and produce well-written narratives and oral presentations relating the contents and results of their work.

The History major provides a solid foundation in American and world history along with the opportunity to dig deeper in U.S. History, European History, Asian History, Global History or even a self-designed History option.

Students majoring in History also have the option of graduating with honors. This route is especially recommended for students expecting to enter graduate school. For more information, speak with the History Major coordinator, Mike Allen and your advisor.

Career options

As Pierce County and the entire South Sound region continue to grow, individuals with training in History will find increasing opportunities in the fields of education, records management, museum curation, government service, heritage tourism, journalism and other professions. History also provides an excellent foundation for graduate study in law, education and many other areas.

Student learning outcomes

As a student in the History major, you will learn the following:

  • oral and written communication
  • diverse areas of history and the relevant historical facts and context
  • historiographic and interpretive differences, especially regarding causation
  • use of primary and secondary source evidence
  • how to work independently and in groups

Phi Alpha Theta (PAT)

UW Tacoma is the home of the Alpha Theta Gamma chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the National History Honor Society. Phi Alpha Theta national requirements state that students must have completed 18 quarter hours (12 semester hours) of college level history courses (including those taken at other institutions) in which they earned a GPA of 3.1 or better, and carry a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.

Phi Alpha Theta has an induction ceremony every spring at UW Tacoma. Members of this honor society wear colored cords with their academic regalia at UW Tacoma commencement ceremonies. All UW Tacoma students are welcome at meetings and service projects sponsored by this student organization. Contact faculty advisor Mike Allen for more information.

To request changes to this page, please contact Christie Keifer at keifercm@uw.edu.