Willamette student studying in the archives


At Willamette, history matters. Through the History program, students discover and develop skills essential for active citizenship, preparing them to face and conquer the challenges of our world.

Programs Offered: Major, Minor

Willamette's History Department possesses a faculty of dedicated teacher-scholars recognized as outstanding in their fields, teaching a wide range of subject areas. Faculty specialties include Ancient Greece and Rome, Asian, Latin American, Legal, Medieval, Middle Eastern, and Women and Gender History.

Many history majors choose second majors or minors in related fields, such as American Ethnic Studies, Archeology, Asian Studies, Sociology, International Studies, and Women and Gender Studies.

The history major is also an ideal pathway to the 3-2 Masters in Business Administration program, or the 3-3 College of Law Program.

Students of the program have access to the History Department's unique opportunities for civic engagement and global exploration. From Study Abroad programs across the globe, to internships at agencies such as the Oregon State Capitol, Zena Farm and Forest, Chemawa Indian School, and the Hallie Ford Museum of Art, students are able to take their education into the world.

Ultimately, history students are encouraged to plan and realize educational paths of their own making, creating an educational experience that they carry with them throughout their lives. From lawyers and CEOs to librarians and researchers, our History alumni flourish in their fields.

Greg Orzell ’05

History major helped Netflix launch streaming

Liberal arts foundation served Greg Orzell ’05 well as he rose up the tech industry’s ranks.

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geoarchaeology students receive award

City honors Willamette student researchers

Geoarchaeology class unearths clues about the history of an old millrace in downtown Salem.

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