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Department of History


Romanticism at the movies!

Impromptu movie poster

Join the History Club for a viewing of "Impromptu." Chopin (Hugh Grant) with a Dracula-like accent and George Sand (Judy Davis) as a cross-dressing schemer spice up this story about love and music set in 1820s France.

A short introduction by Professor Brent Maner

Free pizza and drinks!

Tuesday, September 26 at 6 pm in Calvin 102


Call for Proposals for the K-State Distinguished Lecturers Series

The K-State office of the Provost and Senior Vice President, through the K-State Distinguished Lecturers Committee, invites proposals to bring distinguished lecturers to speak at K-State via a highly visible platform. The Office of the Provost has provided funding to support awards of up to $4,000 per lecture for the 2018 calendar year. These funds can be used to cover an honorarium, travel and lodging expenses for the speaker, as well as other costs associated with publicizing the lecture.

All divisions and units of K-State are eligible to submit a proposal. The committee is looking for presentations with a reasonably wide scope of interest that crosses academic disciplines.  Departments/units are encouraged to collaborate to jointly invite and sponsor a speaker.

View the full announcement and Lecturer Series details.


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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



News Archive

A total eclipse of the sun will happen on Monday, August 21, 2017, which also happens to be the first day of classes for Fall 2017.

The Provost has issued a statement regarding the attendance policy changes for that day only-read about the change HERE. For those interested, the last time a total solar eclipse was visible to anyone in the United States was back in 1991, and only in Hawaii. Read more about past total eclipses HERE.


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