Overview

Why study history?

Because it’s our past, your future.

Undergraduate Programs

Courses for Nonmajors

The department offers courses that span time (from ancient to contemporary history) and space (North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa). The department offers courses in social history, including the history of women and the family, African-American and Native American history, and topical courses in such areas as politics, diplomacy, war and society, culture, the environment, ideas, cities, economics, and religion. History courses are cross-listed with a variety of departments and programs.

Why study history?

Because it’s our past, your future.

Graduate Programs

Fields of Study

The department has the following established fields, each with subdivisions:

  • Ancient/Medieval History
  • Modern European History
  • Great Britain and the Empire
  • Russian and East European History
  • East Asian History
  • Latin American History
  • U.S. History
  • Native American History
  • History of Science and Medicine
  • Environmental History
  • Military/International History
  • History of Women and Gender

Graduate students may be permitted to pursue programs in additional fields appropriate to the expertise of the faculty, with the approval of the department’s graduate board.

Contact Info

Department of History

Wescoe Hall
1445 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 3650
Lawrence, KS 66045-7594
785-864-3569
History site
Paul Kelton, Chair
785-864-3569
pkelton@ku.edu
Chris Forth, Associate Chair/Scheduling Officer
785-864-8036
cforth@ku.edu

Department of History

Wescoe Hall
1445 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 3650
Lawrence, KS 66045-7594
785-864-3569
History site
Nathan Wood, Director of Undergraduate Studies
785-864-9458
ndwood@ku.edu

Department of History

Wescoe Hall
1445 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 3650
Lawrence, KS 66045-7594
785-864-3569
History site
Jeffrey Moran, Director of Graduate Studies
785-864-9461
jefmoran@ku.edu
Why KU
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  • 2nd in the nation for prestigious faculty Fulbright awards
  • 26 Rhodes scholars
  • Nearly $290 million in financial aid annually
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