History is the study of past human experiences. Only by learning about that past can we come to know the fullness of humankind's ideas and actions, tragedies, and triumphs. But, while we learn of the past, we are also learning about the present. The History department at WWCC provides courses to meet general education needs in the first two years in American history and World history. In addition to these introductory courses specialty courses are offered in a number of different areas. These courses have no academic prerequisites and are open to all interested persons.

Career Opportunities

    History provides a wide range of career opportunities which may include: government agencies (archives, libraries, museums, parks) politics, law firms, nonprofit organizations, journalism and education.


John Van Slyke

Phone: (509) 527-4493


The mission of the Social Sciences Division is to provide opportunities for students to better understand individual and group behavior, and develop skills to explore and analyze past and present society and culture.

Program Outcomes

  • The ability to analyze past and present society, diverse cultures and histories to better understand individual and group behavior and enhance self-awareness.
  • An understanding and working knowledge of the theories, concepts, ideas, terminology, and factual evidence in selected fields within the social sciences.
  • Sensitivity in understanding diverse views and perspectives.
  • An understanding of the historically and socially constructed nature of human differences.