A Bachelor of Arts (BA) in history from Wichita State offers several specialized areas of study. As a history student, you’ll improve your ability to think, write, speak, reason and solve problems—skills vital to success in graduate school and in virtually every career. And you’ll be able to combine your degree with other disciplines, such as teaching, political science, journalism and others.

Learn how history is the right fit for you.

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Applied learning at Wichita State

At Wichita State, applied learning is everything. In fact, every degree we offer has a guaranteed applied learning or research experience built right into it equipping you with the relevant skills and experience to make you workforce ready before graduation.

Admission to the program

To be admitted into the Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, you must first be admitted to Wichita State.

For WSU’s admission requirements, and to apply, click the link below.

Inside the Program

History Department helps create the Original Pizza Hut Museum

History students have the opportunity to help preserve local history.

Two Wichita State students, brothers Dan and Frank Carney, started the Pizza Hut business in 1958. The restaurant has since become one of the biggest pizza chains in the world. The original building resides at Wichita State as a museum.

History Department Chair Jay Price put the Pizza Hut's story into a local context to think about ways the Carney story helps explain the spirit of entrepreneurship in Wichita.

The museum is now open to the public, and many current Wichita State students serve as docents.


The major requires at least 33 hours of history courses. You can also choose from four concentrations:

  • Ancient and Medieval
  • Modern European
  • American
  • Local-and-community history


A degree in history from Wichita State is great preparation for advanced study in law, political science, history, communications, library science and many other degrees. Graduates have a strong foundation of knowledge for careers in politics, education, the military, foreign service, business and more.

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