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Department of History


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

The History Office is OPEN this week, March 20-24. Call or email us if you have questions or need something!

Congrats to Claudio Innocenti! Claudio has won a Bradley Research Fellowship from the Omar Bradley Foundation, which will fund him conducting archival research at three sites in Italy as part of his MA thesis on the evolution of the Italian Army late in World War I and in the interwar era.

Congrats to Tim Gresham! He won best paper award at this year’s Missouri Valley History conference (March 2-4, in Omaha, Nebraska. Tim presented "Today Mr. Packer is hailed as the Holiest of Holies': Memory and the Meat Packer’s Capture of the Kansas Livestock Association in the Interwar Period." Well done, Tim!

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