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Department of History


Office staff are working remotely over the break. See everyone on January 25!


Attention potential applicants for Fall 2021: As of December 10, 2020, due to COVID-related shutdowns and economic hardships, GRE scores for all applicants are now OPTIONAL until further notice. To learn more about the application process and how to apply, see our Application checklist HERE. International applicants need to apply by January 8 and domestic applications need to be submitted by March 1 for a Fall 2021 start.


The History Office staff will be working remotely during the semester break. Please contact the office at hoffice@ksu.edu, or Melissa Janulis at janulis@ksu.edu with any questions. You can learn more about the University's COVID-19 guidelines HERE. We hope you have a great break, and we hope to see you all well on January 25, 2021.



The Spring 2021 course schedule is now available. You can view the History schedule here: https://courses.k-state.edu/spring2021/HIST/

To view older 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 19 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 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.

-Michael Krysko

Chair, Department of History

News Archive

Congratulations to Dr. Phil Tiemeyer, as his research was cited in the documents of the recent Supreme Court case that outlawed workplace discrimination against transgender, as well as lesbian, gay, and bisexual citizens. You can read the full K-State Today article HERE.


The Department of History would like to congratulate PhD student Scott Moseman for his most recent published article. The Journal of Intelligence History published Moseman's article "Truman and the Formation of the Central Intelligence Agency". Moseman wrote this paper for Dr. Mrozek's HIST928 seminar "United States 1945-1960" three years ago. It's an e-print, so there are 50 free reads before it goes to an abstract page.


Congratulations on the publication, Scott!


The Department of History would like to officially announce the hiring of Associate Professor Kristen Epps, an historian of slavery, the sectional conflict, and the Civil War in the West. She will also serve as Managing Editor of Kansas History: A Journal of the Central Plains. Her first book, Slavery on the Periphery: The Kansas-Missouri Border in the Antebellum and Civil War Eras, was published in 2016 by the University of Georgia Press as part of the Early American Places series. Kristen earned her Ph.D. at the University of Kansas in 2010, where she received the Marnie and Bill Argersinger Graduate School Award, awarded to the best dissertation across the university. She completed her master's degree at The College of William and Mary and her bachelor's degree at William Jewell College. She has taught at the University of Central Arkansas, Colorado State University-Pueblo, and the University of Kansas. She has also held positions at the Kansas Historical Society, The Journal of the Civil War Era, and the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture. More information about her work can be found at https://www.kristenepps.com/. She can be reached via email at kkepps@ksu.edu. Welcome to K-State, Dr. Epps!


Congratulations to our undergraduate scholarship recipients and to our graduate award winners! We will miss celebrating you in-person as we usually do this year, but we still want to acknowledge your hard work and dedication to your chosen studies. To see the full list of outstanding recipients for our department, click HERE.


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