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Department of History


Potential graduate students! The deadline for domestic (non-GTA-eligible) applications to the History Graduate Program is March 01, 2018! All materials need to be submitted on or before that date to be considered for admittance in Fall 2018. For a step-by-step guide to applying, please see our "How to Apply" page. We welcome any and all questions you have. Please contact 785-532-6730 or email hoffice@ksu.edu.


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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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Humanities: The Secret Superpower

Humanities superheroes

FIRST YEAR STUDENTS: Come learn about rewarding career paths open to those studying English, History, Languages or Philosophy. With the help of K-State Jedi Masters/Professors Sara Luly (Modern Languages), Brent Maner (History) and Karin Westman (English), you can successfully navigate the path to a great career like a superhero! 

Thursday, FEBRUARY 8th, 7:00-8:00PM, First floor lobby, Putnam Hall

Event sponsored by K-State First, the Humanities Career Collective and K-State Department of Housing and Dining.

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