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Discover History

The history program at Pacific offers range and depth in our course offerings and a chance to study in small classes with great faculty members who love what they do. We also offer students the opportunity to conduct research they are interested in under faculty guidance.

Through our foundation courses, we make sure our students have the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in subsequent courses. Classes like Historical Imagination train students in the historian's craft and prepares them further for their own future research, while courses like Women in Time and Place allow students to examine the broader social, political and economic aspects of history through a more focused lens.

Gain a Broad Perspective


From the history of food to a close examination of modern Asian societies, the History department offers a wide variety of classes that cover many diverse themes. Some focus on specific time periods, while others take a regional approach. Just as diverse is the array of specialties our faculty members draw from to illuminate historical topics.

Be Inspired by Our Faculty


The History department is comprised of a team of internationally recognized scholars committed to providing students with knowledge and skills necessary for success in many professions. As professional historians, they routinely present and publish works for both academic and popular audiences. As professors, they help students understand how the events of the past, the reality of today and the direction of the future inseparably connect.

Learn Outside the Classroom


Beyond the classroom, our majors have many opportunities for student research in our own and nearby research libraries. Students in the department have the opportunity to participate in role-playing pedagogies, field trips to historic locations and digital content creation (i.e. Delta region stories and the Digital Delta Project). We also help facilitate internships in local museums. Phi Alpha Theta, the History honor society, as well as combined lectures, activities and conferences with the Gender and Ethnic Studies programs, offer additional venues for learning outside the classroom. These are just a few of the ways Pacific makes history come alive.