History Department


Welcome to the History Department

At Washburn University, the study of history offers numerous exciting advantages.  All classes are small and the vast majority, are taught by full-time faculty who hold doctoral degrees.  Students in both introductory and upper division classes get to know their professors on an individual basis.

The Department of History also will work with you to take your history education outside the classroom.  We will help you coordinate (and arrange credit for) internships with local historical agencies and institutions like the Kansas State Historical Society, The Brown v. Board of Education National Historical Site, the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library, the Topeka Center for Peace and Justice and the Shawnee County Historical Society.  We encourage study abroad, not only organizing overseas experiences as Washburn courses, but also ensuring the easy transfer of credit from courses taken with existing overseas programs.  We coordinate with the administrators of the Washburn Transformational Experience to get Washburn history students financial assistance for visits to archives or historical sites.

I majored in History and English Literature at Washburn. My career goal in majoring in History and English Literature was to gain effective research and writing skills to aid me in law school. I graduated in spring 2014, and passed the bar that summer in Iowa. I am currently the Assistant County Attorney for Mahaska County, and I handle all juvenile cases, misdemeanor offenses, and mental health commitments. I continue to use the critical thinking skills I honed in my history courses. - Amber Rivera ('11)