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History Courses and Focus Awards

What are Focus Awards?

students receiving awards

Cascade campus History faculty Ken Wilson presents History Focus Awards to students Elaina Farris and Tracy Ball. Congratulations Elaina and Tracy!

students receiving awards

Focus Awards recognize the completion of a collection of courses in an area of study.  By taking the courses required for a Focus Award, students deepen and broaden their knowledge and experience in that particular area of study.  This can be particularly helpful as a head start toward a major at a four-year institution where a student might transfer.  Focus Awards are administered and awarded by the responsible Division Dean.  Focus Awards are not to be confused with degrees or certificates, as they are not officially recognized by the state, and do not appear on transcripts.

The History Focus Award

The History Focus Award is designed to foster a rich understanding and appreciation of history as a discipline that is engaged in dialogues with the past in order to interpret human experiences over time. This award supports students interested in history by offering the opportunity to study a wide variety of courses covering different areas, eras, and topics in history.

Students completing the award will be able to use a maximum of 16 lower-division history credits towards the Portland State University History Major requirements. Students planning to transfer to other universities should check with the specific institution for course transferability. Students must take a minimum of four HST courses (16 credits) from a list of approved history courses to be eligible. To apply for the History Focus Award contact 971-722-3296.

History Focus Award Recipients for 2016

  • Hailey Barrett
  • Terrance Compton
  • Tori Gomez
  • Patrick Harbert
  • Erica Herron
  • Paul Hooper
  • Stephanie Mentzer
  • David Moncrieffe
  • Alex Victor
  • Emma Young

History Courses Connected to Other Focus Awards

Asian Studies
  • HST 105 History of India and South Asia Region
  • HST 106 History of China
  • HST 107 History of Korea and Japan
Black Studies
  • HST 274 African-American History
  • HST 275 African-American History II
  • HST 276 African-American History III
  • HST 284 History of Africa
Peace and Conflict
  • HST 103 History of Western Civilization: Modern Europe
  • HST 203 History of the United States 1914 to Present
  • HST 205 History of Women in the U.S.: 1877 to Present
  • HST 218 Native American Indian History
  • HST 225 History of Women, Sex, and the Family
  • HST 276 African-American History III
Women's Studies
  • HST 204 History of Women in the U.S.: Pre-colonial to 1877
  • HST 205 History of Women in the U.S.: 1877 to Present
  • HST 225 History of Women, Sex, and the Family