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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 117 Eisenhower 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 208 Eisenhower Hall.

We hope you will stop by the Department Office (208 EH) 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

MICHAEL KRYSKO is the History Department Chair. He has replaced out-going Chair, Louise Breen.

NEW BOOKS by Prof. David Graff and History doctorial alum Brian Laslie, each about “ways of war.” Read more about their work here.

SHEROW SELECTED AS FINALIST FOR JAN GARTON PRAIRIE HERITAGE BOOK AWARD; ALSO TO RECEIVE KANSAS NOTABLE BOOK AWARD  Prairie Heritage, Inc. selected James Sherow's book, Railroad Empire Across the Heartland: Rephotographing Alexander Gardner's Westward Journey, as a finalist for the Jan Garton Prairie Heritage Book Award. The State Library of Kansas also announced that Sherow's book is one of 15 works that has been selected to the 2015 Kansas Notable Book List. Sherow is a professor of history in the College of Arts & Sciences at K-State.

COLLEGE OF ARTS & SCIENCES honors the history department's own Professor David Graff with the William L Stamey Teaching Award.  

HISTORIAN LOU WILLIAMS WINS BEST ARTICLE PRIZE - The History Department's Lou Williams has been named the winner of the 2014 Presidents' Memorial Award by the Publications Committee of the Louisiana Historical Association, for her article, "Federal Enforcement of African American Voting Rights in the Post-Redemption South: Louisiana and the Election of 1878."  The article was published in the Summer, 2014 issue of the journal Louisiana History.

The Presidents' Memorial Awards is given each Spring to honor the best article published in the journal during the previous calendar year.  In the History Department here at K-State Professor Williams teaches popular undergraduate and graduate courses on the American South, the Bill of Rights, the U.S. Constitution, the Gilded Age and the Nineteenth Century.


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