By far the greatest strength of the History Department at Washington State University is our faculty. Although distinguished for their books and other scholarly publications, faculty members consider teaching their primary mission. All of our faculty, including senior professors, teach undergraduate classes. Our professors are excellent instructors. They enjoy undergraduate instruction, and they take that responsibility seriously.
Several of our faculty have won recognition through major teaching awards for their involvement with students in and beyond the classroom and for their willingness to meet with students, face-to-face, after class. If high school graduates or transfer students are looking for a congenial atmosphere to study and learn, they can find no better place than the WSU History Department.
The History Department offers courses by correspondence and also WSU On-line for those who prefer to finish their degrees at home. The History Department also offers classes via video conference courses (AMS) Academic Media Services between the Pullman campus and various regional campuses throughout the state.
History faculty use the most up-to-date teaching methods and technologies in the classroom, including Internet connectivity and visuals. Still, face-to-face attention is the key to success in history. All history majors must take a research seminar in their senior year. These small classes allow students to practice and develop their research and writing skills in a "small-class setting" under the guidance of an experienced faculty member.