Department ofHistory

Why Study History

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. Gina Hames.  Please contact her at

The Fortieth Annual Walter C. Schnackenberg Memorial Lecture
Please join us on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 7:00pm in Xavier 201, to hear guest lecturer Joel Harrington, Professor of History, Vanderbilt University.  The topic for Professor Harrington's talk will be "The Cosmos of a Sixteenth-Century Executioner." This lecture is free and open to the public.
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Department of History Xavier, Room 101
Tacoma, WA 98447-0003
  • Sunday:Closed
  • Monday:7:30a - 4:30p
  • Tuesday:7:30a - 4:30p
  • Wednesday:7:30a - 4:30p
  • Thursday:7:30a - 4:30p
  • Friday:7:30a - 4:30p
  • Saturday:Closed