Welcome to the Department of History

The Department of History at the University of Washington is an accomplished community of teachers and scholars. We offer degrees at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and we provide opportunities for the wider community to attend courses as part of the University’s Access Program.

Department of History faculty have received the University's Distinguished Teaching Award more times than those in any other unit on campus.

Our expertise spans the globe and extends across human history from ancient and medieval times to the early twenty-first century. Many faculty engage in teaching and research that examines the ways in which religion, ethnicity, race, class, and gender have shaped the patterns of human experience. Faculty also collaborate together and with both graduate and undergraduate students on research which focuses on diverse, thematic, geographic, and temporal areas.

We pride ourselves on the diversity of our faculty and the broad range of course offerings and research projects available to our students. We aim to build a sense of intellectual collaboration among all members of the department's learning community, and we strive to create a climate of inclusion for students, faculty, and staff.

As you explore these pages, should you require information about our programs not found on this site, please contact the Undergraduate Advising Office or the History Graduate Office.