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.

Dr. Joan A. Francis, Chair
Phone: 301-576-0110
Fax: 301-891-4576
E-mail: jfrancis@wau.edu
Richards Hall, Rm. 201B