Catalog 2013-2014



Through the study of history at Pacific Lutheran University students gain an understanding and appreciation of the historical perspective. Opportunities for developing analytical and interpretative skills are provided through research and writing projects, internships, class presentations, and study tours. The practice of the historical method leads students off campus to their hometowns, to Europe or China or the American West and to community institutions, both private and public. The department emphasizes individual advising in relation to both self-directed studies and regular courses. The university library holdings include significant collections in American, European, and non-Western history. Career outlets for majors and minors are either direct or supportive in business, law, teaching, public service, news media, and other occupations.

Major in History
Minimum of 36 semester hours, including:
  • 4 semester hours - American field
  • 4 semester hours - European field
  • 4 semester hours - non-Western field

Students are expected to work closely with the department’s faculty advisors to insure the most personalized programs and instruction possible. Writing is emphasized across the curriculum.

All History majors must complete Option I or II of the College of Arts and Sciences Foreign Language Requirement.

Students earning a History major may take no more than 8 semester hours from HIST 227, 321, 322, and 326 unless they have permission of the chair of the Department of History.

Those majors who are preparing for public school teaching can meet the state history requirement by enrolling in History 460.

All majors are required to take 4 semester hours of historical methods and research and 4 semester hours of seminar credit. Completion of the seminar course satisfies the core requirement for a senior seminar/project.

For the major at least 20 semester hours must be completed at PLU, including HIST 301 before taking HIST 494, 496, or 497.

All History majors must take 20 semester hours of upper-division work in History for the major.

All courses in History taken at PLU by a History major must be completed with grades of C- or better. Students will not be allowed to enroll in HIST 301 or HIST 494, 496, or 497 until they have earned a grade of C- or better in every history class they have taken at PLU.

Continuation Policy
  • To remain in the major, junior and senior-level students must:
    • maintain a minimum 2.50 overall GPA, and
    • maintain a minimum 2.50 GPA in history courses.
20 semester hours, including:
  • A minimum of 12 from courses numbered above 300.
  • The minor in history emphasizes a program focus and a program plan, which is arranged by the student in consultation with a departmental advisor.
  • For the minor at least 12 semester hours must be completed at PLU, including eight of upper-division courses.
  • Maintain a minimum 2.50 GPA in courses to be counted towards the minor.

Students earning a History minor may take no more than 4 semester hours from HIST 227, 321, 322, and 326 unless they have permission of the chair of the Department of History.

Courses in the Department of History are offered in the following fields:

American Field: 245, 247, 251, 252, 253, 287, 305, 348, 349, 352, 357, 359, 370, 381, 387, 460, 471, 494
European Field: 107, 108, 260, 321, 322, 323, 324, 325, 326, 329, 332, 334, 360, 362, 364, 388, 497
Non-Western Field:
109, 205, 210, 215, 220, 231, 232, 310, 335, 337, 338, 339, 340, 344, 369, 377, 389, 496
All Fields:
301, 401, 491, 495