Faculty members conduct research in their various specialties. Information on their publications, honors, and awards can be found on the Faculty page. A listing of their recent book publications is available on the Faculty Publications page.
Undergraduate majors have done very well in conducting research in this department. Students are required to take Hist 300, Writing about History, and Hist 469, Seminar in History, to graduate. Each year the department awards one student the Howard C. Payne Award for Excellence in Research. In addition to the department's scholarships and awards, students have competed and won awards in the university-wide Undergraduate Research Competition sponsored by the Faculty Association for Scholarship and Research.
Faculty in the history department work with graduate students to help them develop their own work outside of classes and to submit their papers to appropriate journals and conferences.
A regional Phi Alpha Theta conference held each spring at one of the participating institutions in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska, and Montana provides an outstanding opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to present research papers. All papers are accepted and evaluated by participating faculty. Several papers in undergraduate and graduate categories win prizes. The student with the best overall paper may present it at the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association meeting during the summer. Several WSU graduate students have been selected for this honor in the past.