Are you curious about the lives of women and men in other times and in other places? Do you like reading, writing, talking, and thinking about the complex influences of the past on the present? Do you enjoy spending time in the library? If these are true, Washburn's History program may be for you. Curriculum is designed to engage students in the study of the past through a variety of methods.  While learning about the people, events, and ideas of the past, history students will develop the skills of critical thinking, problem solving, effective writing, and leadership.

Recent Washburn history majors have pursued successful careers in education and research, government, journalism, law, military service, the ministry, museum administration, private business, public service, and sales. The study of history at Washburn emphasizes a breadth of knowledge and skills rather than a narrow specialization. Leaders in American business and professional life are intensifying their plea for universities to teach their graduates to read effectively, write clearly, reason logically and analyze problems within a broad context. The Washburn history program provides graduates with the necessary skills to be leaders in our contemporary global economy and culturally diverse society.

History Major

The History Major

Students majoring in history must have a minimum of 33 hours in history with a grade of C or above, at least 15 hours taken at Washburn. Students must have 15 hours of lower division history, which will consist of HI 100, 101 & 102 (World Civ. I , II & III), HI 111 & 112 (US Hist. I & II). Upper division requirements are 12 hours with at least one course in each cultural tradition: American (303-328); European (334-347, 380-386); non-Western (354-362).  Other upper division requirements include HI 395 (History forum) and HI 399 (Historical Methods & Research).  Demonstration of the mastery of historical research and writing is required by a grade of C or above in HI 399. Majors must also demonstrate additional competence by completing either a second major or an established minor within another College of Arts & Sciences discipline. 

In declaring a major in history, students will be assigned an advisor and develop a departmentally-approved plan for graduation. The department recognizes a maximum of 3 hours history credit through CEEB Advanced Placement. Departmental honors are offered to those majors attaining a 3.5 in History, a 3.2 overall GPA, and an A in the HI 399 Capstone course.

Core Courses:

HI 100  Early World History (3)

HI 101  Changing World History (3)

HI 102  Modern World History (3)

HI 111  History of the United States through the Civil War (3)

HI 112  History of the United States since the Civil War (3)

Upper Division U. S. History (3)

Upper Division European History (3)

Upper Division Non-Western History (3)

Upper Division U. S. or European or Non-Western (3)

HI 395  History Forum (3)

HI 399  Historical Methods and Research (3)

Secondary Education

Secondary Education

History majors who plan to teach at the secondary level must adhere to the following curriculum outline, and contact Dr. Rachel Goossen for advising. 

Students seeking licensure to teach must also be formally admitted to the University's Professional Teacher Education Programs. For admission requirements, consult Education in the University catalog. 

Note: Requirements for Secondary Education Licensure are set by the state, and may be subject to change.  Students planning to pursue a teaching license should consult with an advisor prior to enrolling in courses.

Curriculum Outline for the US History, US Government, and World History Program: (57 semester hours are required)

Core Courses:

HI 111 History of the United States I (3)

HI 112 History of the United States II (3)

HI 100 Early World History (3)

HI 101 Changing World History (3)

HI 102 Modern World History (3)

Upper Division US History (3)

Upper Division European History (3)

Upper Division Non-Western History (3)

Upper Division U.S. or European or Non-Western (3)

HI 395 History Forum (3)

HI 399 Historical Methods and Research (3)

PO 106 Government of the US (3)

PO 107 State and Local Government (3)

Required Additional Courses in Social Science:

Selected Upper Division Political Science (6)

Economics - EC 200 (3)

AN 112 Cultural Anthropology (3)

GG 102 World Regional Geography (3)

Students seeking certification to teach must also be formally admitted to the University's Professional Teacher Educational Programs and adhere to the Education Department's requirements for teacher certification.

History Minor

The History Minor

Students may minor in history by applying to the department and being assigned an advisor, who will arrange a course sequence in conformity to department requirements. A minor will consist of at least 15 credit hours and include a balance between introductory survey courses and upper level work. Minors may be multicultural, may concentrate in one of the principal historical traditions, or may follow subject matter themes. All course work is to be graded.



Provision is made in the department curriculum for students to acquire applied historical experience in various aspects of public history. Field experience may be gained from working with the professional staff of the Kansas State Historical Society in the area of archives, museum exhibits, historical sites, and educations by making application through the department chairperson at least one semester prior to enrolling for credit as a history intern. Special arrangements for comparable experience may be made with the National Parks Service to work with the Brown v. Topeka Board of Education national historical site and with the curator of the Combat Air Museum in Topeka.

Student Learning Outcomes

Student Learning Outcomes

History Majors at Washburn University, upon completion of the program, will be able to:

*  Recognize the broadest patterns of United States and World History;

*  Demonstrate ability to master critical skills of the historical discipline;

*  Apply the understanding of the broad patterns of history to an in-depth examination of significant historical issues for three cultural areas identified by the department (United States, Europe, and Non-Western);

*  Demonstrate mastery of the discipline's scholarship by: putting specific research focus in the context of larger historical patterns; identifying an appropriate research project, and with it both the primary and secondary sources needed to carry it through; reading and assessing both of these kinds of sources in terms of the focused research project; and, conceptualizing, organizing, and writing a scholarly paper presenting the result of this scholarship