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Department of History


Moseman PhD Congrats!


PhD student Hannah Palsa has published a new article, called "Topper’s GI Benefits, Good Homes, and Vivisection Fears: The Treatment of World War II War Dog Veterans" in the peer-reviewed historical blog Nursing Clio. To read the full article, click HERE. Congratulations on the published article, Hannah!


History office staff will be working in-office on WEDNESDAYS from 8:00AM - 4:00PM and working remotely the other four days a week over the summer 2021. Email hoffice@ksu.edu if you have any questions.


To view older news 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 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 the Kansas-Missouri border during the Civil War. 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

The History Department congratulates the undergraduate scholarship recipients for the 2021-2022 academic year! Click HERE to see the full list of winners.


The History Department congratulates the graduate student award recipients for 2021! Click HERE to see the full list of recipients.


Congratulations to Ashton Hess, majoring in both History and Geography, for being awarded the Dean of Student Life Outstanding Graduating Senior Award! Read more about the award from the K-State Today article HERE


Update on Bob Linder's passing:

Memorial contributions may be made to the Kansas State University Foundation Robert D. Linder History Scholarship. Contribute online today or learn more about the Linder Scholarship HERE. Or, send a check directly. We thank you for your contribution to the future of our History students in Dr. Linder's memory.
The funeral home has published a very nice and very thorough obituary as well: http://www.ymlfuneralhome.com/obituary/6682
Here is the original notice of Bob's passing that we posted Wednesday.
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