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Kansas Studies Minor

Study the Past, Present, and Future of Kansas

The Washburn University Kansas Studies Minor is an interdisciplinary program promoting the study of the culture, history, economics, and natural environment of Kansas.

Minor Requirements

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of the Kansas Studies minor, students will be able to:

  • Describe the natural environment of Kansas and how humans have interacted with that environment
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the diversity of cultures, arts, and literature of Kansas
  • Critically analyze central processes and developments in Kansas history, economics, and politics

Study Plan:

To obtain the optional minor in Kansas Studies, a student must complete at least 15 hours of designated Kansas Studies course work, with at least 6 of those hours at the upper-division level. The minor will be supervised by the director(s) of the Center for Kansas Studies.

Courses which may be applied to the minor include:

AN 225           Kansas Archaeology

AR 114           Art and Architecture of Kansas

EN 138           Kansas Literature

GG 304           Kansas Geography

HI 322             Kansas History

KS 199            Special Topics in Kansas Studies

KS 340            Kansas Studies

KS 399            Special Topics in Kansas Studies

KS 395            Independent Study in Kansas Studies

KS 397            Internship in Kansas Studies

PO 107            State and Local Government

PO 309            Kansas Legislative Experience

PO 307            Internship in State and Local Government


For more information, please contact the Co-Directors of the Center for Kansas Studies at or by phone:

Dr. Kelly Erby, phone: 785-670-2018

Dr. Vanessa Steinroetter, phone: 785-670-1734


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