"Those who fail to learn history are doomed to
- ... so goes a famous aphorism. Study of the past carries great
relevance for the present and future. To know the history of one's own
culture and community is to know oneself. Just as the amnesiac has lost
not only memory but identity, so people without a consciousness of their past (both failures and triumphs)
have forfeited an understanding of who
To go further, to learn the history of other cultures and
communities--ancient and modern, Western and non-Western--is to grasp the
grand tapestry of human creativity and tragedy, to see both commonalities
and differences among cultures, to trace both continuities and changes from era to
era, and thus to identify with the whole of humanity.
Distinctives of Seattle Pacific's History program
SPU, with its Wesleyan and evangelical heritage, strives explicitly to
foster learning in the context of Christian faith, practice and character.
Each of us as faculty in History sees beyond the
human story to the acts of the God of history, who took on humanity at a
moment in time in the person of Jesus of Nazareth.|
No glib judgments nor design to indoctrinate here, let it be said: we dare not presume to pronounce
when and how and why God should act. But we affirm that history gains
vibrant meaning in the light of Sacrifice and Resurrection. And, as
scholars of both the brutality and majesty of the human story, we embrace
God's good news of hope, for all humankind, for all of history yet to
Where does an 800-pound gorilla sleep? Anywhere it wants! Where can you
go with a history degree? Just about anywhere you want!
endorsement from SPU's outstanding School of
This includes careers at a university, in government, at a
corporate history office, or with a museum or historical society. You'll
need graduate study for this.
A large share of SPU history majors and minors are concurrently working on a K-12
Other History-Related Professions
These are professions for which an understanding of history and culture
is essential, such as law or the ministry. A double major
(History - Political Science, History - Business, History - Religion)
could be the perfect gateway.
Careers Enriched by Historical Understanding
These include international business, corporate public relations, the
human service professions, journalism, military or diplomatic service, or
educational administration (SPU Provost Bruce Murphy and UW President
Richard McCormick are historians). A second major or even a minor
in history could be helpful if you're headed this direction.
Of course, all careers, from programming to plumbing, retailing to
radiology, are enhanced by a solid liberal arts education--one that
teaches the person to read, reason, compute and communicate. That's precisely
what history at SPU offers.
So we invite you to begin your future in the past--with a History Major or