Center for Kansas Studies

Upcoming Kansas Studies Courses
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Kansas Studies Minor

The Washburn University Kansas Studies Minor is an interdisciplinary program devoted to encouraging research, sponsoring programming, and promoting outreach that focuses on the past, present, and future of Kansas

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 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

Courses Offered

(Courses marked with </ are part of the University’s General Education program.)

KS 199 Special Topics in Kansas Studies (3)

Topics will vary from semester to semester and will be announced in advance. May be taken for more than one semester. Prerequisite: May require consent of instructor.

</ KS 340 Kansas Studies (1–3)

A multidisciplinary course that stresses the interrelationships among all aspects of Kansas including anthropology, archaeology, ethnicity, fine arts, geography, geology, history, literature, politics, and religion. Prerequisite: none.

KS 399 Special Topics in Kansas Studies (3)

Topics will vary from semester to semester and will be announced in advance. May be taken for more than one semester. Prerequisite: May require consent of instructor.

KS 395 Independent Study in Kansas Studies (1–3)

Directed readings and individualized research program on a subject relevant to Kansas Studies and with the guidance of a professor. May be taken for more than one semester. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor and approval of the director of the Center for Kansas Studies.

KS 397 Internship in Kansas Studies (1­–3)

A program for junior/senior level undergraduates offered in cooperation with a state agency with the supervision of the Director of Kansas Studies. Prerequisite: Approval of director of the Center for Kansas Studies. 

                          

For more information, please contact the Co-Directors of the CKS at cks@washburn.edu or by phone:

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

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