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Department of History


The History Department is pleased to heartily congratulate Assistant Professor Andrew Orr on the release of his book, Women and the French Army During the World Wars, 1914-1940. Orr’s book examines women’s critical roles as civilian employees of the French Army during the world wars and shows that they were essential to the army’s ability to win the First World War and to function in the interwar era. Women’s long service as civilian employees set the stage for their direct participation in the military as soldiers in the Free French Forces during World War II. The book is available at Amazon.com and through the Indiana University Press. Congratulations Dr. Andrew Orr!

Andrew Orr book pic


The Department of History offers students from any major a rewarding educational experience. As they seek to recover and interpret the past in all of its messy and fascinating manifestations, historians read a lot, write a lot, and speak a lot; thus developing critical thinking skills which allow them to pursue successful careers not only as historians, archivists, and curators/museum professionals but also as lawyers, entrepreneurs, government officials, and leaders in the nonprofit sector.

Our 20 full-time faculty members have written award-winning books and articles on research topics ranging from the military in ancient China to public health in Latin America to the grasslands of the Great Plains. While we commend research, we also emphasize and prioritize teaching. More than a quarter of our faculty have won university-wide teaching awards. The majority of our classes are small, which means that our students get plenty of attention, and undergraduate history majors are assigned individual faculty advisors to help them navigate their way to successful completion of their degree.

Our major is designed to be broad, requiring students to take classes that vary widely across time and place, but the department has particular strengths in military, agricultural/environmental, and religious history. To declare a history major or double-major, please visit the Office of the Dean for the College of Arts and Sciences in 107 Calvin Hall.

We are pleased to also offer history as a minor with a requirement of 21 hours of coursework. To declare a minor, please stop by the History Department Office in 117 Calvin Hall.

We hope you will stop by the Department Office (117 Calvin) anytime you have questions.  Office staff are available Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and we would be happy to help you succeed at K-State by talking with you about our course offerings, scholarships, and graduate program.

-Michael Krysko Chair, Department of History



News Archive

Congrats to Kate Tietzen! She recently won the 2017 Adams-Collins Dissertation Grant from the John A. Adams ’71 Center for Military History & Strategic Analysis at the Virginia Military Institute. The annual grant supports a doctoral candidate working on a Cold War history project of exceptional merit. Ms. Tietzen’s dissertation on Iraqi-Soviet military and foreign relations addresses an important gap in the existing Cold War literature—and promises to deepen our understanding of the past, present, and future of the Middle East. The grant will support her work at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, during the summer of 2017.

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