Mission Statement

The discipline of history focuses on critical analysis of text-based evidence from the past and seeks a detailed, complex understanding of individual and collective human behaviors as they have emerged, intersected, and altered over time. Historical study examines and attempts to explain processes of change over time as they pertain to cultures, nations, institutions, value systems, and other major social phenomena. Historians also consider and outline patterns of causation that affect individual lives over time and how individuals, in turn, influence the world in which they live. Students of history develop lifelong habits of critical thinking, inquiry-based reading of texts, effective research skills, and appreciation of complexity and diversity in human behavior.

History majors also develop the skills needed to work collaboratively, organize and deliver oral presentations on historical subjects, and produce substantial research papers that demonstrate the student’s competency in historical research and written expression.

History graduates will be prepared for active citizenship and a variety of career opportunities including library and information sciences, research, government service, journalism, law, business, or graduate school in History.

Benson Family Endowed Chair in History

The Benson program is excited to launch the Innovation Studies minor and our new course for Fall 2018, Hist 248: Innovation, Ethics, and Society (SO).

Raphael Lemkin Lecture & Award Ceremony

About the Lecture and Essay Contest

Kurt Mayer Chair and Endowment

Contact Dr. Beth Griech-Polelle about Holocaust and Genocide studies at PLU. Our most recent event was the Powell-Heller Conference for Holocaust Education, November 1-3, 2017.