Department of History

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What is history?

History is more than names and dates; rather, it's the critical study of the stories, conflicts, and ideas that make us who we are today.

As a History major at Kansas Wesleyan University, you will study history in the context of KWU's liberal arts environment. This doesn't mean that we tell you what to think: quite the contrary. Courses stress both individual and group analysis and discussion, leading to a mastery of the processes through which history unfolds.  Consistent with the mission of the university, we foster a "lively discussion of faith and values, encouraging students to develop a thoughtful, personal worldview informed by the Christian tradition."

Because history is constantly unfolding as new documents are discovered and our own worldview changes, you will acquire a keen appreciation for the complexity of the discipline as you also develop your own ideas about the past. In the History Department, you will learn to think critically, defend your own viewpoint, and write convincingly about history. You will also acquire real-world experience and skills by completing a hands-on internship in local museums or libraries and a senior thesis based on your own original research in local libraries and archives. 

Why study history at KWU?

That's simple -- you won't just learn about history, you will become an historian. KWU's History Department professors are passionately interested in their subject and their students' learning. The one-on-one attention you receive will help you develop analytical abilities and reading and writing skills as well as help you establish a successful career path that you're passionate about.

History major/minor options:

  • History
  • History Education (6-12)
  • History minor
  • Political Science minor
  • Social Studies Interdisciplinary minor
  • Pre-law (with a History faculty advisor)

Topics courses being offered by the History Department in Spring Semester, 2016: