The Department of History has developed a tradition of excellence since its founding as a part of Fairmount College in 1895. Several of our current major student awards—the Rydjord, the Onsgard, and the Graham awards—are named after outstanding and beloved history professors. Our current faculty continue the tradition of excellence. They have received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Fulbright Foundation and numerous other granting agencies. Many have also received both college and university commendations for their teaching. While our department is relatively small and therefore does not cover the entire range of possible specialties, we have strengths in many areas of American and European history. As should be true of any research university, our professors are publishing scholars in their fields as well as strong and active teachers. We see the two as completely integrated and related. Most of our classes are small (under twenty), all, with a rare exception, are taught by regular faculty with a Ph.D. degree. All interested students may pursue questions with professors outside class. Our graduate teaching assistants do not take charge of classes, but they attend the larger class sections, hold office hours, and are available to help students.
"The purpose of the Department of History at Wichita State University is to illuminate the forces that have shaped our world and to provide a historical perspective for the future. To accomplish those goals, the department offers a flexible program of study. While students may focus on a specific area of concentration, the program introduces them to a variety of classes that assures the students a foundation for an integrated liberal education. Combined with courses in other disciplines, the study of history prepares students for entrance into a wide variety of career opportunities, including business, government, law, journalism, teaching, communications, public service, and the military."
ACTIVITIES AND ORGANIZATIONS
The department has sponsored the District Six History Day for Middle and High School students for more than twenty-five years—an event which now draws about 300 students. In addition, the department hosts the Gamma Rho Chapter of the Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society and The Society of Public Historians. The Gamma Rho Chapter publishes a student journal, under the direction of Helen Hundley, The Fairmount Folio. We are proud that our majors and graduate students have received regular recognition for their work and succeed well as they further their education elsewhere. Interested in joining Phi Alpha Theta? Check out http://phialphatheta.org for more information. For a downloadable form, click here. For the Gamma Rho Chapter on facebook, click here.
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Department of History
Wichita State University
Wichita, KS 67260-0045
The department chair is Jay Price.
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