Our History Department provides a comprehensive liberal arts education through the study of past events in U.S., European, Asian and Latin American history. We offer a major and minor in history.
History faculty are committed teachers who also lead research in the field. They actively publish and present their scholarly work on varied topics like organized crime, Jesuits in the West, Native Americans in the Columbia Plateau, Medieval women, the Baltics and more. They’ve also worked to designate National Historic Sites, led archaeological digs and translated early Christian texts.
Many of our history majors study abroad. We offer several opportunities to take classes from Gonzaga professors during a semester or summer in Turkey, Rome and Florence. Internships also provide valuable out-of-classroom learning experiences.
The study of history develops your ability to write effectively, speak eloquently and think critically — all desirable skills for careers in business, education, law, government, journalism, publishing and other fields. The bachelor’s degree is also good preparation for graduate study in history and the archival and library sciences, as well as for careers in museums and public history sites.