Graduate ProgramThe Department of History welcomes applicants for graduate study at the M.A. and Ph.D. level with a variety of historical interests, but we especially encourage applications in these three areas:
Our excellent scholars in this field, the Institute for Military History and 20th Century Studies (which works closely with the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth), and K-State's interdisciplinary graduate program in Security Studies has earned us recognition as one of best military history programs in the country. Students wishing to specialize in military history have a broad range of courses to choose from, and Manhattan's proximity to both the Eisenhower and Truman Presidential Libraries provides our students with a rich source of primary materials. The Eisenhower lecture series regularly brings world-renowned scholars to campus, and the World War II Studies Association as well as the Chinese Military History Society are housed at Kansas State.
The department has a number of scholars specializing in agricultural and/or environmental history, and a substantial presence on the editorial boards of major journals and publishers in the field. The Chapman Center for Rural Studies, which opened in 2008, conducts primary research into the history of Kansas communities and offers students in this emphasis a unique research experience to complement their regular coursework.
K-State offers students the opportunity to explore the intersections between religions and society both in American history and in a global context. Students in religious history are further supported by the annual Parrish Colloquium, which brings noted religious scholars to K-State to talk about their research.