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Welcome to the History Department at the University of Kansas

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. 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.

Statement of Support from the History Department

The Department of History supports Rock Chalk Invisible Hawk and the University of Kansas Black Student Union’s efforts to combat racism in all forms and to systematically improve resources for students of color on campus. Click here for the full letter of support issued by the Department.

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

Remembering Dr. Ethan Schmidt
Class of 2007

The History Department lost an alumnus 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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26 prestigious Rhodes Scholars — more than all other Kansas colleges combined
Nearly $290 million in financial aid annually
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
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Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
23rd nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets," Military Times