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Department of History


On November 30, 2017, The History Department hosted Dr. Michael Poliakoff, President of ACTA, to come and speak on the freedom of speech in ancient Athens. Dr. Poliakoff was well received, and his speech was well attended. He was in town for two days, and in that time met with various professors, students, and members of the community. If you missed his talk, below is a recording of it for your pleasure. Please feel free to share this lecture with your students and staff. The History Department wishes to thank Professor Marsha Frey for coordinating the visit, the Fred C and Mary R Koch Foundation and the Kansas Association of Scholars for their joint sponsorship of Dr. Poliakoff's visit.

To view the video recording (YouTube), click HERE.

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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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The History Department would officially like to congratulate Brad Galka and Katherine Goerl on achieving their Masters in History. Good job, Brad and Katherine!


Please join us in celebrating one year in Calvin Hall!

snowy campus

Dean Amit Chakrabarti and the College of Arts and Sciences cordially invite you to the

Dean's Holiday Open House

Thursday, December 7, from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Calvin Hall, third floor reception area

Take a break from studying, see our new space, and enjoy warm beverages and comfort food, courtesy of the Dean. Also enter to win an Arts and Sciences Prize Basket!


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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