The Department of History
Historians explore people and societies and try to see how and why they developed in the ways they have. Historians fearlessly drop their assumptions to interpret the causes and effects surrounding the people and cultures they study. And because they can demonstrate extraordinary critical thinking skills and passionate inquiry, history majors are often extremely attractive to future employers and find careers in a variety of fields.
Nationally Ranked History Program
The Department of History’s Secondary Education History and Government program was ranked 3rd in the nation by the National Council on Teacher Quality.
History at FHSU: Forward thinking. World ready.
The Department of History at Fort Hays State University emphasizes a world-view of human development and prepares students for the world beyond college. In addition to taking fascinating, in-depth courses, you’ll gain the practical skills of critical thinking, analysis, tolerance, objectivity, research, and communication to make you a well-rounded and successful graduate.
We believe history is best learned both in and out of the classroom. Our history curriculum helps you develop leadership skills and gain valuable hands-on experience; upon graduation you’ll be a marketable employee prepared to meet the future challenges in this century. The department also offers avenues for you to become involved through a wide variety of clubs and organizations, whether you are interested in US history or in gaining a broader aspect of the world's past through world history.
About the Image Above
The image above portrays details from a larger piece by artist Kris Kuksi. The department commissioned this piece, with each department member suggesting an important historical figure or event. You can see the full painting in the Department of History’s library.