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Department of History


Congratulations to Dr. Benjamin McCloskey (modern languages and history appointments) and Dr. Mary Elizabeth Walters on winning a Faculty Enhancement Grant for 2021! View the full article in K-State Today.


The History Department office is currently closed until further notice, in accordance with the University-wide shutdown mandate. Please email the Department Office at hoffice@ksu.edu for more information. As of March 16, 2020, ALL Department-sponsored events are now cancelled through the end of the semester. 



Fall 2020 course schedule announcement

The Fall 2020 Course Schedule is now available! For summer classes: Click here to see what cool classes are available. We have two on-campus courses and well as 1 Global Campus (online, ZA section) course for the summer, and Enrollment for Summer and Fall 2020 courses begins on March 23. History majors: see our Advising page for instructions on how to prepare for your advising appointment. - ALL ADVISING APPOINTMENTS WILL BE DONE VIRTUALLY, either via phone, email exchange, or Zoom. Please do not come to campus for any reason. Contact Kathy Lillich at klillich@ksu.edu for more information or to schedule an advising appointment.

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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 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 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

Congratulations to Mary Elizabeth Walters on her new podcast! "Humanitarian Ops: Opportunities, Challenges and Pitfalls" is now available for download and online listening HERE. The podcast discusses the question "When should the United States execute humanitarian operations and what questions should be asked and answered before it begins?"


Congratulations to Dr. Mary Elizabeth Walters on a new article published in the Marine Corps History journal, entitled "Tree Hugging Work: The Shifting Attitudes and Practices of the U.S. Marine Corps Toward Peace Operations in the 1990s". Check out the full article (scroll to pg. 54) and the rest of the journal issue HERE.


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