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Department of History


NEW FACULTY MEMBER: The KSU Department of History is delighted to announce the hiring of Mary Elizabeth Walters (PhD forthcoming from University of North Carolina). She's a US military historian who specializes in humanitarian interventions with a particular emphasis on the 1999 Kosovo Refugee Crisis in Albania. Professor Walters is currently has a fellowship at the University of Texas' Clements Center for National Security. You can learn more about her and her scholarship by clicking HERE.


HISTORY MAJORS: The FALL 2019 History course schedule is available HERE

View the Summer 2019 schedule.

*Note that not all rooms or instructors have been added to this list, and anything is subject to change. Please follow instructions in your KSU email to get an appointment set up with Kathy Lillich. If you have a faculty advisor, please email them directly. Please check your enrollment date in KSIS before calling or scheduling an appointment through the SSC.

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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 18 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

Professor of the Week: Dr. Sanders

Dr. Charles Sanders, Associate Professor in History, was named Professor of the Week! The recognition is coordinated by Faculty Senate, the president's office, K-State Athletics and the Division of Communications and Marketing. Read more about Dr. Sanders and the nomination HERE.


Kathy Lillich

The History Department would like to warmly congratulate our fantastic academic advisor, Kathy Lillich, on winning the William L. Stamey Award for Advising! Kathy will be honored at the Fall 2018 KSU Arts and Sciences graduate ceremonies on Saturday, December 08, in recognition of the award. Congratulations on all your hard work, Kathy!

You can read more about the award and other awardees HERE




Publishing Celebration December 2018


Two of our own History faculty present research at June NOAA workshop. Jim Sherow and Bonnie Lynn-Sherow shared their research related to community members' responses to drought in the American West. You can read the full article in K-State Today, linked HERE.

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