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Department of History & Political Studies

Washington Adventist University provides excellent opportunities for students interested in history, law, government, and politics. The nation’s capital is home to unparalleled resources, including: the Library of Congress, the National Archives, the Smithsonian Institution, the Holocaust Memorial Museum, Capitol Hill, advocacy organizations, think tanks, the General Conference Archives, and the Ellen G. White Estate.

The College’s affiliation with the Center for Law and Public Policy, in particular, enhances access to the resources of Washington, D.C., through internships, conferences, legislative advocacy, and intercollegiate moot court competition.

Demonstration of scholarly excellence in the study of history may bring membership in WAU’s chapter of the honor society, Phi Alpha Theta. The Washington Adventist University Chapter is Kappa Epsilon.


Career Opportunities


A major in history or political studies equips the graduate with skills in how to think critically, communicate effectively, and participate knowledgeably in society. These transferable skills constitute a strong foundation for success in a vast variety of careers in a rapidly changing employment market. Graduates are thus positioned to enter many different professions, including, law, teaching, politics, archival and museum work, government service, international service, business, medicine, and ministry.


Programs Offered


History (BA), History Education Track, Political Studies (BA),

Minors: American Religious History, American Studies, History, International Studies, Political Studies

Center for Law and Public Policy: Pre-Law Emphasis

Read the Department of History & Political Studies section in the Academic bulletin.


School of Arts & Social Sciences 

The School of Arts & Social Sciences offers a curriculum focused on fostering the development of the skills essential to be successful in the global service economy of the 21st Century: writing, critical thinking, debate, analysis, and an understanding and appreciation for cultural diversity.

School of Health Professions, Science & Wellness

The School of Health Professions, Science & Wellness employs a philosophy that balances practical training and theory in approaching education for future health sciences professionals. We bridge the gap between concept and practice.

School of Graduate & Professional Studies (SGPS)

For more than 30 years, WAU has been a leader in providing career building undergraduate degree programs for working professionals. WAU has continued to expand those offerings by adding graduate programs. This provides undergraduate students the opportunity to transition into graduate programs and continue to enhance their skills and competitive marketability.