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.

-Dr. Louise Breen Chair, Department of History



News Archive

COLLEGE OF ARTS & SCIENCES honors 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.

HISTORY MAJORS INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY:  The Gordon Parks Archive Project will hire 2 undergrad or graduate student interns for a 3 month period, May 15-Aug 15, 2015.  The interns will assist with digitizing, organizing and annotating material for an online site devoted to the work of Kansas-born photographer, author and filmmaker, Gordon Parks.  Interns will be expected to provide 150-200 hrs of work over the course of the project.  Each intern will receive a stipend of $1500 and will be reimbursed for any required in-state travel.  Interns will report to Dr. Katy Karlin in the English Dept.  This would be a great opportunity for anyone interested in museum and archive work, the history of art, media & photography, and African-American History.  The deadline is VERY SOON, so act NOW if you are interested.  Questions should be directed to Dr. Katy Karlin, klkarlin@ksu.edu.

PHI BETA KAPPA -  The Department of History extends it's congratulations to four of our history majors who have been elected to Phi Beta Kappa, a mark of extraordinarily high academic achievement:  Lucy McDonald, Austin Howard Peterson, Lindsey Nicole Schmeidler, Brittney Lynn Talkington.  A job well done!






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