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Historians draw conclusions from the evidence they analyze. To present those conclusions convincingly, we organize information, formulate arguments, and present our findings coherently both in writing and speaking - important skills in many fields outside of the historical profession. Names, dates, and events from the past matter only because they're part of a larger and much more important story. Historians master that story by learning how societies, nations, and institutions develop over time. They answer questions that each generation asks to know itself more completely.

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  • About Degree
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  • History Faculty
Pittsburg State University's Bachelor of Arts in History students enjoy a great deal of flexibility in designing their program. With the assistance of their faculty advisors, students choose a minimum of 12 hours of American history and 12 hours of World history, and then they choose an additional 9 hours in their favorite content fields. Recent offerings include the histories of World War II, American Medicine, the American West, the Samurai, Modern Ireland, the Modern Middle East, and the Opioid Crisis. Our lecture courses, small colloquium/seminar sections, and internships (100 percent placement rate) all offer excellent student-teacher ratios and mentoring for students embarking upon that voyage of discovery.

Students in the program choose a minor based on their interests and their desired careers. Among the wide variety of minors available are Political Science, Geography, Philosophy, Art, English, Spanish, French, Women's Health, Multicultural Studies, and Military Science.

Graduates of our Bachelor of Arts programs have secured employment as records specialists, systems analysts, corporate managers, development supervisors, reference librarians, technical writers, editors, loan officers, contract managers, FBI agents, police officers, CIA area specialists, career military officers, insurance claims examiners, political campaign managers, and speech writers, to name a few options.  

Those who have chosen to stay in the history profession serve as archivists, reference specialists, curators, and historians with museums, state historical societies, the National Park System, and the National Archives.  

For those who do want to teach at the middle school or high school level, our History Education emphasis is accredited with the Kansas Department of Education and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.

About History, Philosophy, and Social Sciences Department

Solving the Real-World Issues of Today and Tomorrow 

Pittsburg State University’s School of History, Philosophy, and Social Sciences consists of those specialties that have emerged as so desirable in the 21st century labor force. Students use the tools from GeographyHistoryPhilosophyPolitical ScienceCriminal JusticeSociology and Social Work programs and coursework to examine issues and to find sustainable solutions to complex problems affecting individuals, families, and society. 

The mission of the School of History, Philosophy, and Social Sciences programs is to provide high quality instruction to students in ways that emphasize active learning, problem solving, and critical thinking through transformative experiences. Through our efforts, we aim to increase everyone’s awareness of how the ethnic, cultural, and other forms of diversity affect society. We invite you to visit the individual program areas to learn more about each field of study. 

Diversity and Inclusion: We are committed to collaboration, respect, understanding for all students, staff, and faculty. The programs of the School of History, Philosophy, and Social Sciences at Pittsburg State University embraces a commitment to diversity as a community of individuals and programs which seek to reduce prejudice, disparities, discrimination and build a supportive environment for all.   

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