College of Arts and Sciences

Major category: Minimum requirements

Topic: Social sciences

The Department of History cultivates in undergraduates a lasting curiosity about the world and imparts useful tools for understanding and participating in it responsibly. With an emphasis on critical reading and writing, discriminating research skills and persuasive communication, the history major prepares students for a variety of occupations in the fields of business, government, nonprofit, education and many more. Our courses frequently focus on themes such as the history of Gender, Race and Power; War and Society; Empire and Colonialism; and Religion and Society, and students may choose history majors or minors focusing on any of these themes or choose general history. Students are guided in their path by a diverse faculty that includes fourteen recipients of the UW Distinguished Teaching Award — more than any other unit on campus. Our faculty’s expertise covers nearly every continent on earth, throughout the chronological span of written history.

Minor available

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Freshmen can apply to the UW to begin autumn quarter or winter quarter (U.S. applicants only)

Read more about applying to the UW as a freshman, including details for programs that provide high school student with college credit (like Running Start).


Quarters of general admisson to UW: autumn / winter (U.S. applicants only) / spring / summer

Preparation for the major is a factor in transfer admission.

  • Use MyMajor to help you prepare for this degree.
  • Visit MyPlan to run a degree audit.
  • Use the UW Equivalency Guide to find out how courses taken at a Washington state community or technical college will transfer to the UW.

Read more about applying to the UW as a transfer student.

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