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Department of History


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Fall 2022: Office hours in Calvin 117D are from 8-12; 1-5PM Monday - Friday. Please email Melissa at janulis@ksu.edu, or hoffice@ksu.edu with any questions or stop by the office. We hope you have a great fall 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

Please join The History Department for a talk by Ambassador Jim Jeffrey, Chair of the Middle East East Program at the Wilson Center entitled: 

Lessons Learned, Counter Terrorism & the Defeat ISIS Campaign. 

Time: September 14, 2022 at 7:00 PM Central Time. 

Ambassador James F. Jeffrey joined the Wilson Center in December 2020 as Chair of the Middle East Program. Ambassador Jeffrey served as the Secretary’s Special Representative for Syria Engagement and the Special Envoy to the Global Coalition To Defeat ISIS until November 8, 2020. He is a senior American diplomat with experience in political, security, and energy issues in the Middle East, Turkey, Germany, and the Balkans. He has held senior assignments in Washington, DC, and abroad, including as Deputy National Security Advisor (2007–2008); United States Ambassador to Iraq (2010–2012); United States Ambassador to Turkey (2008–2010); and United States Ambassador to Albania (2002–2004). In 2010 Jeffrey was appointed to the highest rank in the U.S. Foreign Service, Career Ambassador. From 1969 to 1976, Jeffrey was a U.S. Army infantry officer, with service in Germany and Vietnam.


The Primary Texts Certificate program invites you to attend the lecture of Dr. Vanya Bellinger, Assistant Professor of Strategy & Security at the United State Air Force Air University, on September 12th at 3PM in Regnier Hall Auditorium. Dr. Bellinger will discuss her research regarding the origins of Carl von Clausewitz's On War and how Marie von Clausewitz (his wife) substantially influenced it. For those who missed the event, a recording will be available soon.

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