Major in History

The history department faculty will provide you with a clear map to mastery of the field. We also will work with you to take your history education outside the classroom.  We will help you coordinate (and arrange credit for) internships with local historical agencies and institutions like the Kansas State Historical Society, The Brown v. Board of Education National Historical Site, the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library, the Topeka Center for Peace and Justice and the Shawnee County Historical Society.  We encourage study abroad, not only organizing overseas experiences as Washburn courses, also ensuring the easy transfer of credit from courses taken with existing overseas programs.  We coordinate with the administrators of the Washburn Transformational Experience to get Washburn history students financial assistance for visits to archives or historical sites.

As a history major, the department offers you a diverse course of and a capstone experience in which you engage with primary sources to produce a research paper, while also fulfilling requirements for the Scholarly/Creative Washburn Transformational Experience. The department recognizes a maximum of three hours history credit through Advanced Placement. Majors with a 3.5 grade point average in History, a 3.2 overall GPA and an A in the Capstone HI 399 course will earn departmental honors.

History majors must complete a minimum of 33 hours in history with a grade of C or above, at least 15 hours taken at Washburn. You 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). You must complete 12 hours of upper division requirements with at least one course in each cultural tradition: American (303-328); European (334-347, 380-386) and non-Western (354-362). In addition, history majors must earn a grade of C or above in HI 399, Historical Methods and Research. You also must complete either a second major or an established minor within another College of Arts & Sciences discipline. 

HI 100 Early World History (3)

HI 101 Changing World History (3)

HI 102 Modern World History (3)

HI 111 History of the U.S. I (3)

HI 112 History of the U.S. II (3)

HI 395 History Forum (3)

HI 399 Historical Methods & Research (3)

Upper Division U.S. History (3)

Upper Division European History (3)

Upper Division Non-Western History (3)

Upper Division History Elective (3)

For a complete description of the individual classes, go to the course catalog at:

Academic Catalog

(Note, this link opens a pdf file of the entire undergraduate catalog in a new window.  When it opens, if you click on the ribbon icon in the upper right corner, it will open a page index.  If you click on any of the arrows, it will open a sub-menu for that section.  If you click on College of Arts and Sciences, you can then scroll down to the Mass Media Department and click on that link to open the course listing for Mass Media.)

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