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Department of History


Office Staff will be working in-office M-F from 8-12 AM & 1-5 PM for the Fall 2021 semester. Please email Melissa at janulis@ksu.edu, call 785-532-6730 or stop by the office in 117D Calvin Hall with any questions. Masks are REQUIRED inside any buildings on K-State’s Manhattan campus.

Have a safe and productive semester!


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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 14 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, science, technology, medicine and environment, and gender 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 our graduate program.

-David Graff

Chair, Department of History

News Archive

Dr. Oweidat participated in a virtual event hosted by the Wilson Center on Thursday, September 9, commemorating 9/11 and the 20th anniversary. Watch the video recording HERE.


Congratulations to Assistant Professor Nadia Oweidat on being named on the list of 2021/2022 Wilson Center Fellows! Dr. Oweidat was picked as one of only 21 others to continue her research while in residence at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. during the Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 semesters. For more information, click HERE.


The Department wishes to congratulate recent PhD graduate Dr. Scott Moseman on accepting a position of Assistant Professor at the Command and General Staff College (at the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command) at Fort Leavenworth. He will work for the Department of Joint, Interagency and Multinational Operations, using 20 years of experience in the navy to teach staff groups of senior Army captains and junior majors. Congratulations Dr. Moseman!

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