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Department of History

Preserve the Past

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

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."

Why study history at KWU? 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 options:

Pre-Professional Program:

  • Pre-law (with a History faculty advisor)

History Minor option

What can I do with a degree in History?

History graduates are valued not only for their ability to write well, but also for their proficiency in analyzing information, viewing problems within a larger context without losing sight of important details, and understanding the complexities of change over time. In addition, admissions committees for graduate schools, law schools, and other professional programs have long appreciated the skills and knowledge that applicants with history backgrounds bring to other fields of inquiry. Of course, for those hoping to pursue careers within the historical profession (college history professor, social studies teacher, archivist, curator, information manager, consultant, genealogist, etc.), a history degree is indispensable. Learn More

For more information, contact Dr. Mike Russell, professor and chair of the Department of History, or call 785-833-4358.

Liberal Studies and Elective courses being offered during the 2020-2021 school year:


Holding History in Your Hands
Hands-On Learning

HIST FA17 Elective Courses.pdfBecause 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.