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 18 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), and HI 395 (History Forum). 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). Demonstration of the mastery of historical research and writing is required by a grade of C or above in HI 399, Historical Methods and Research. 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 Capstone HI 399 course. 

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. 

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. 


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.