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 117 Eisenhower 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 208 Eisenhower Hall.

We hope you will stop by the Department Office (208 EH) 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.

-Dr. Louise Breen Chair, Department of History



News Archive


Kristin Mulready-Stone, assistant professor of history, has published her first book, "Mobilizing Shanghai Youth:  CCP Internationalism, GMD Nationalism, and Japanese Collaboration."  The book is part of the "Routledge Studies in the Modern History of Asia" series.  Routledge believes this book will be of huge interest to students and scholars of Chinese history, modern history, Communism and the role of youth in revolution.


TJ Tomlin, 1999 KSU history graduate, has published his first book, A Divinity For All Persuasions:  Almanacs And Early American Religious Life.  He also earned tenure and has been promoted to Associate Professor of History at the University of Northern Colorado.  

Writing a book and being tenured and promoted are such major accomplishments.  The K-State history department couldn't be more proud of TJ.  We enjoy watching our former students succeed.



New York Times reporter, Mitch Smith, recently wrote an article on a Nebraska town that has basically become non-existent.  To write this article he consulted with K-State's own M. J. Morgan, Professor of History.  Read full article here:  www.nytimes.com/2014/10/09/us/a-nebraska-ghost-town-with-a-name-from-mars-may-be-reborn.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&smid=tw-nytimes&_r=0



Parker is a 2010 Historical Leadership Studies graduate from K-State.

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