College of Arts and Sciences

Department of History

Advising Assignments

History and Social Studies Advising

Lauri Sue Torkelson (Wilson 301C) and Frank Hill (Wilson 301B) conduct all advising for the Department of History. They are normally available 8:00–11:30 a.m. and 1:00–4:00 p.m. Monday–Friday to assist with educational concerns and gladly accept walk-in students during those times. No appointment is necessary, except during pre-registration, which starts about the 8th week of each semester. If pre-registration advising is in session, students will need to sign up for an appointment time in Wilson-Short 301. Lauri Sue Torkelson can be reached at or 509-335-4475 and Frank Hill can be reached at, 509-335-5670 for assistance.

Academic Advising

Each semester students are required to meet with their advisor to plan for the next semester. Typically, advising is done in October/November for the following spring and in March/April for the following fall.

Be sure to sign up for an appointment prior to your registration date and come to your advising appointment with a tentative schedule. Use your Degree Audit REPORT (not request) (DAR), Schedule of Classes, and Schedule Surfer (found at under Academics and Register and Plan) to develop this schedule and track your degree progress.

For history majors, keep in mind courses for your General Education Requirements cannot come from history or courses cross-listed with history courses.

Social studies students may use history courses for their GER courses. Consider picking up a minor or second major; courses used for your GER can be used in a 2nd major or minor.

As a reminder, the concentration for the history general option comes from classes outside of history such as anthropology, English, or political science. If you have questions or concerns during the semester, don't hesitate to ask.

Other Information

Career Planning

Begin your job or graduate school search before your senior year. Utilize Career Services in Lighty 180 for résumé writing, interview skills, job placement, job fairs, and internships. Consider taking Univ. 300 College Majors and Career Planning your junior year if you are having difficulty with career planning.

If you are planning on attending graduate school, there are a number of resources located in Wilson-Short 301D (Ken Anderson) to assist you. Faculty are also a valuable resource for information about various graduate schools and programs.   

Writing Portfolio

Submit your Junior Writing Portfolio no later than the end of the first semester after completing 60 credit hours. Transfer students entering with 60 or more credits must initiate the Junior Writing Portfolio by the end of their first semester at WSU. Begin collecting papers for writing samples early and have the professors sign the cover sheets the semester you finish the paper; it beats tracking professors down after the course because they might not be around. The writing portfolio package is available at the Bookie or online, and the written test can be scheduled in the Writing Assessment Office in CUE 305.

Teaching Certificate

Application for admission into the Teacher Certification Program (TCP) is a 2-application process. The first is through the College of Education, the 2nd is a separate application that the Department of History requires.

Additionally, the following must be completed before applying:

  • 80 hours of supervised work with students within the last 3 years
  • T&L 301 and 317
  • Engl 201 (or 298, 301, 302, 402)
  • WEST-B test

The Department of History recommends that you apply for admission to the TCP when you have 15 hours left to complete all requirements, except for the advanced T&L courses. It is recommended students enroll in Hist 480 before being admitted to the program

The history/social studies program is very competitive, and while the GPA is not the lone factor determining admittance to the program, it carries a significant portion of the selection process. Washington State requires a minimum grade point average in both the endorsement and cumulative of 2.5; however, most students who get into the teaching program through the history department have at least a 3.0 GPA.

Note: Consider picking up an add-on endorsement in Special Education or English Language Learners.

Applying to Graduate

After you complete 70 hours and are certified in your major, complete the Application to Graduate (the history department has them). Take the application first to Student Accounts, then to the Registrar's Office. You will receive a "To-do list" from the department approximately 2 weeks after you apply to graduate at the Registrar's Office.

Various University Services

Counseling Services
280 Lighty
after hours 509-335-2159

Disability Resource Center
217 Washington Building

Education, College of
316 Education Addition

Financial Aid
380 Lighty

Junior Writing Portfolio
Smith CUE 305

Multicultural Student Services
409 CUB

Student Affairs
360 Lighty

Office of Student Conduct
190 Lighty

Student Health and Wellness Services
1125 NE Washington Street

Center for Advising and Career Development
Lighty 260
CACD has numerous tutoring opportunities if you need assistance with a course. They also provide College Success Workshops to help with test taking skills, time management, and other areas students might use assistance.


Department of History, PO Box 644030, Washington State University, Pullman, WA 99164-4030
301 Wilson-Short Hall, Pullman Campus • 509-335-5139 • Fax 509-335-4171 • Contact Us