Deepen your understanding of diverse peoples, places and times
History majors ask broad questions, formulate specific answers, and craft narratives to effectively communicate those answers to multiple audiences — skills that transfer to a wide range of careers. History also provides strong preparation for law school and business school. Alumni have gone on to careers in education, journalism, technology, the military, politics, public health and social work, among many other fields.
A history degree can lead to a career as a(n):
- Chief executive officer
- Museum curator
- Political consultant
- Public relations manager
- Executive producer
- Community organizer
Understanding a collective past
The department’s Center for the Study of the Pacific Northwest advances scholarship on the North American West, with an emphasis on the Pacific Northwest. As part of our community outreach, the center supports research, teaching and public programs that further our knowledge of the peoples and issues that have shaped the region’s past and inform its future. The affiliated journal Pacific Northwest Quarterly (PNQ) has published leading scholarship on the region’s history for well over a century.
Connecting students, faculty, and labor communities
The Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies supports students and faculty at the University of Washington in the study of labor in all of its facets. We cultivate connections with labor communities and inform policymakers about issues confronting workers. The Center is located jointly in the departments of Political Science and History but works with students and faculty from all three UW campuses.
Bringing the vital history of civil rights movements to life
The Civil Rights & Labor History Project website contains oral history interviews, photographs, documents, films, lesson plans, and scores of historical essays. Many of these featured essays were written by undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Washington.
Telling Black history in its full context
BlackPast.org is an online reference guide focused on African American history and the history of the more than one billion people of African ancestry around the world. Originally created by Professor Emeritus Quintard Taylor as a resource for UW students, the site has now grown into a powerful tool for spreading knowledge around the world and includes an encyclopedia of over 4,000 digital resources on African American and global African history.
Find Yourself in History
Cultivate your curiosity about the past and present world.
Department of History Stories
Professor Anand Yang grew up on Bollywood films. Now he uses this popular entertainment to teach colonial Indian history.
Thanks to a UW internship, students are contributing content about Black leaders in the sciences on BlackPast.org.