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Welcome to the History Department at the University of Kansas

Take some time to search through our website. You’ll find information about our programs, our courses, and our prolific faculty, and you can hear the voices of undergraduates and graduate students who have passed through the Department. Please feel free to contact any of the administrative staff and faculty with your questions.



We are excited to welcome three new faculty this year! 

Beth BaileyFoundation Distinguished Professor, American History

David FarberRoy A. Roberts Distinguished Professor, Modern America

Andrew DenningAssistant Professor, Modern Europe


History Department Mission Statement

Historians at the University of Kansas train individuals to appreciate the complexity and diversity of the human experience, to question simple explanations, to evaluate evidence in multiple forms, and to offer insightful interpretations with clarity of expression. As a nationally prominent department at a major research university, the Department of History seeks to:

  • Produce excellent scholarship that pushes the boundaries of historical inquiry.
  • Mentor the next generation of historians through our PhD program, one in which our students benefit from advisors who serve as models of actively engaged scholars and one in which our students develop research, writing, and teaching skills that make them competitive for academic and non-academic positions across the nation.
  • Educate undergraduate students, both history majors and non-majors, particularly about the value of research and help them develop their own analytical and communication skills that will serve them well in whatever they choose to do.
  • Serve as leaders in expanding the University of Kansas' commitment to globalize its curriculum and promote an understanding of the many diverse places and peoples around the world.
  • Reach out to the public, particularly within Kansas, to advance its understanding of history and to encourage an appreciation for historical thinking.

By adopting this mission, the Department of History will work with other units across the University of Kansas to prepare students to understand the complex origins of today's world and its challenges and prepare them to make intelligent decisions about the future.

"Our past is your future…"

Remembering Dr. Ethan Schmidt

Class of 2007

The History Department lost an alumni September 14 when he was killed by a gunman on the campus of Delta State University. Please visit the memorial page to honor his memory.

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Upcoming Lecture


Professor Andrew Denning

"Radical Kinetics: The Dynamics of Conflict in Nazi Europe"

Friday 16 October  

3:30-5:00 p.m.

Hall Center Seminar Room 1

The paper for this seminar is now available as an Adobe PDF file on the Hall Center website. The password to access the paper is "conflict".

Upcoming Event

Spring 2016 Course Release Party

Learn about the History Department's course offerings for Spring 2016. There will be complimentary cake!

Wescoe 3650 - History Department Main Office - 11:30 am to 1:30 pm

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26 prestigious Rhodes Scholars — more than all other Kansas colleges combined
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