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History Club goes to the Museum!
Join Professors Maner and McCrea for a talk and tour of the exhibit Borderlands in History and Art, at the Beach Museum of Art. Professor McCrea will give a brief talk about why historians are so interested in borderlands and frontiers. Then we’ll tour the current exhibit and explore the perspectives that history and art offer.

Frontiers / Fronteras image

Meet at the Museum on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 3:30 PM for a fun and educational afternoon!
Contact Brent Maner at maner@ksu.edu for more information.


The Department of History will be CLOSED in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday Wednesday, November 22 to Friday, November 24. We will reopen for normal business on Monday, November 27, 2017.

Happy Thanksgiving


Lecture: "Athens and Beyond: Freedom of Speech, Freedom of the Intellectual"

Michael Poliakoff photo

Lecture presented by Professor Michael Poliakoff, President of ACTA and renowned classicist

Join us on Thursday, November 30, 2017

Calvin 208 at 8:00 AM

For more information, contact Marsha Frey (host): mfrey@ksu.edu

Sponsored by the Fred C and Mary R Koch Foundation, the History Department and the Kansas Association of Scholars


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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



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All students, faculty and staff are encouraged to unite together to reaffirm who we are, what we value and what we stand for as the K-State family.

Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017

  • 1-1:30 p.m. - Walk to Anderson Hall lawn
  • 1:30 p.m. -  Reaffirm our values with university and community leaders during the KSUnite program
  • Join conversations about inclusive education, reflection and action in the K-State Student Union following the program

Everyone is encouraged to wear purple. The event will take place rain or shine.

Students, faculty and staff may walk from their own buildings/locations to Anderson Hall lawn or may choose to walk from one of the following designated meeting points on campus:

  • College of Business Building (south door)
  • Derby Dining Center (south door entrance near Derby Bakery)
  • Dole Hall (east door)
  • Kramer Dining Center (Wefald Hall main entrance)
  • K-State Student Union (ground floor courtyard)
  • Nichols Hall (north door)



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