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Department of History


Updated to include the most recent list of names - The Department of History congratulates the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 graduates in History and Security Studies, both undergraduate and graduate. See the full list HERE


The History Department recognizes Professor Marsha Frey, who will retire after the Spring 2021 semester, for her forty-eight years of service. Professor Frey specializes in the history of early modern Europe, with expertise in European diplomacy. In collaboration with her sister, fellow historian Professor Linda Frey, Professor Frey published fourteen books and more than 100 articles and book chapters. Their works have been translated into Spanish, French, Dutch, and Hungarian. She also established herself as a committed and dedicated teacher whose courses on European history inspired many generations of students in her nearly five decades at Kansas State University. Read more about Professor Frey's career in the History Department's e-newsletter, Historical Archives & Events, HERE.

The History Department also recognizes Professor Mark Parillo, who will retire after the Spring 2021 semester, for his twenty-nine years of service. Professor Parillo specializes in US military history, with particular expertise warfare in the industrial age with a special focus on World War II. His scholarship has explored many aspects of World War II, while his commitment to teaching has influenced a generation of undergraduate and graduate students that have come through our program since he joined the faculty in 1992. Read more about Professor Parillo's career in the History Department's e-newsletter, Historical Archives & Events, HERE.


History office staff will be working in-office on WEDNESDAYS from 8:00AM - 4:00PM and working remotely the other four days a week over the summer 2021. Email hoffice@ksu.edu if you have any questions.


To view older news posts, go to our News Archive.


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 16 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 the Kansas-Missouri border during the Civil War. 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 to our dedicated and award-winning History advisor, Kathy Lillich, 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 contact the office at hoffice@ksu.edu, or Melissa Janulis at janulis@ksu.edu.

We hope you will contact the Department Office anytime you have questions. Office staff are available via email 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.

-David Graff

Chair, Department of History

News Archive

An MA alumni and a current PhD student are presenting at the upcoming World War II Emerging Scholars Symposium. Hannah Palsa will present on Monday, June 1 and MA alumni Jorden Pitt (2019) will present on Tuesday, June 2. All presentations will be online, and YouTube links for each presentation are linked HERE. Congratulations to you both!


Moseman PHD graduation


PhD student Hannah Palsa has published a new article, called "Topper’s GI Benefits, Good Homes, and Vivisection Fears: The Treatment of World War II War Dog Veterans" in the peer-reviewed historical blog Nursing Clio. To read the full article, click HERE. Congratulations on the published article, Hannah!

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