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.  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.


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

History Majors at Washburn University, upon graduation, are expected to have:

*  Developed familiarity with the broadest patterns of United States and World History;

*  Developed an awareness of the character of the historical discipline and its applied and vocational dimensions;

*  Applied 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);

*  Demonstrated mastery of the discipline's scholarship