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Department of History


New Job Opening: An Assistant/Associate professor of History position has just opened, to start in the Fall 2020. Apply today, or share with your colleagues in the field. Apply by October 31 for top consideration. View the position description and application: https://careers.k-state.edu/cw/en-us/job/508200/assistant-associate-professor-history


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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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!


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 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

The Department of History is very saddened to share that our friend and colleague Professor Al Hamscher passed away on June 6, 2019 after a short battle with cancer. A native of Philadelphia, Professor Hamscher had been a member of the History Department since 1972. Contact the History Department office at 785-532-6730 for condolence information. Memorial contributions in Professor Hamscher's memory may be made to either the T. Russell Reitz Animal Shelter (https://cityofmhk.com/288/Adopt-a-Pet) or the Kansas State University Foundation for the Florence Hamscher Fund (https://www.k-state.edu/history/alumni/donations.html).

Al Hamscher


The History Department congratulates undergraduate scholarship winners and graduate award recipients for the 2019-2020 academic year. To view the pictures of our Scholarship and Award Ceremony held on May 17 in Calvin Hall, visit our Facebook page.



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