History Department
Help Support WWU History Today!


The study of history is essential to a liberal education. The mission of the Department of History is to create and nurture a community of scholars, including students in general education courses, undergraduate majors and minors, graduate students, faculty, and staff, who value historical thinking. We prepare students for thoughtful participation in public affairs, further education, and a wide range of careers by fostering an appreciation of the diversity of human cultures and experiences, the development of research and analytical skills, and the ability to communicate effectively, especially in writing.


Studying history brings students out of themselves to reflect on how the experiences of the past can help us understand better the challenges of the present. That’s why knowledge of history is vital for our shared democracy. Your generous gift will allow the History Department to continue offering quality educational opportunities to all students. 

There are a few different ways you can choose to focus your donation: 

By choosing to designate your donation to the Endowed Professorship in Jewish History you are supporting the department to teach a full scope of the rich history of Jewish people as well as continuing to ensure that students understand the Holocaust.

By choosing to designate your donation to the History Department you will provide us with needed support so that we can best teach our students and continue to pursue cutting edge scholarship in diverse fields.

By choosing to designate your donation to the History Department Scholarship you are providing direct financial support to capable students so that they can maximize their intellectual growth, enrich their experiences at Western, and prepare to meet their future goals.

And lastly, if you choose to designate your donate to the History Fund for Library Acquisitions you will provide opportunities for us to collect valuable, permanent resources for students to supplement their learning so that they can pursue their intellectual interests.


New Grad Challenge!
Thank you! Generous gifts from new grads have unlocked an additional $3,000 in funds!
$3,000 MATCHED
Top Fundraisers!
The WWU Alumni Association will reward the top five areas that secure the most donors with a bonus of $1,000 each. Congratulations to our winners!
Rank Prize Area of Support Donors
1 $1,000 WWU Volleyball 132
2 $1,000 Ice Hockey 127
3 $1,000 Accounting Department 106
4 $1,000 Men's Rowing 102
5 $1,000 Marketing Program 93
HUB International Bronze Sponsorship
Thank you, HUB International, for supporting our Challenge Pool!
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Or you can contact us at giving@wwu.edu.