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Department of History


A reminder that the History office will be closed Monday, January 20 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. See you on Tuesday!


Students: As we get geared up for the spring semester - take another look at the location of your classes on the line schedule! We've had to do a lot of moving and switching of classes, both graduate and undergraduate, so it's worth another look. If you are unsure about the location, you can always double-check with the professor/instructor.


Flint Hills History Conference Call for Proposals

More information HERE.


HISTORY MAJORS and GRADUATE STUDENTS: Spring 2020 Course Schedule is available today! Click here to see what cool classes are available. Start planning your next semester today! History majors: see our Advising page for instructions on how to prepare for your 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

Violent Death: Homicide in Global Perspective

Presenter Philip Dwyer, Visiting Fulbright Scholar & Professor of History, University of Newcastle, Australia


This talk looks at two interrelated questions. First, why do homicide rates vary so dramatically from one country to another over time? And second, why have homicide rates remained relatively high in the United States in comparison to the rest of the Western world?

Join us Tuesday, November 12, from 3:30 - 5:00PM in the K-State Student Union, Room 207, to explore the answers to these questions.

Sponsored by:Fulbright Australia, Oz to Oz Australian Initiative, Office of International Programs, Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of History


History Club RELAUNCH!

Want to meet other History majors? Get to know History professors? Think about historical topics that come up in the news, on TV, and in the movies? History Club is there for you! The group has been inactive this semester, but we're going to change that!  Join us for a brief brainstorming meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 3 pm near the fireplace in the Union (main floor). We'll gather ideas about activities people think would be fun for the rest of the semester and for the spring.

And for those who want an immediate dose of history, we can then go to the talk that is sponsored by the History Department. Details listed above.


View our Spring/Summer 2019 newsletter.


  • Prof. Al Hamscher Memorium, new faculty members, faculty retirements
  • Faculty/staff awards and honors
  • Alumni spotlight
  • Recent publications
  • Kansas Association of Historians annual meeting
  • And so much more!



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