Welcome to the Department of History

History is the study of change and continuity in human society over time. Historians develop skills in evaluating evidence, organizing information, clarifying and structuring concepts, and writing narratives and expositions. Majoring in history is an excellent way to prepare for a career in teaching, research, library and information sciences, government service, journalism, law, or business. The Department of History offers a full range of courses in American, Asian, European, Latin America, and World history.

The current chair of the History Department is Dr. Rebekah Mergenthal. Please contact her at mergenrm@plu.edu.

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Opportunities for History Majors

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Benson Endowed Chair in History

In 2016, Professor Michael Halvorson was appointed the second Benson Family Chair in Business and Economic History.

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Kurt Mayer Endowment

Supporting Holocaust and Genocide studies at PLU.

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