Baker offers a major and minor in history in the following subfields:

  • Social
  • Cultural
  • Gender
  • Labor
  • American
  • World
  • Public history

The curriculum balances European, non-Western and American history.

Your course experience will include directed research, oral history, museum or archival fieldwork and internships in addition to lectures, discussions and student presentations. You will also have an opportunity to study at Harlaxton in England or another international destination.

Civil War & Westward Expansion

Baldwin City and the surrounding area harbor sites with considerable historical significance. Battlefields leading up to the Civil War are found throughout Douglas and surrounding counties. Westward expansion touched the history of Kansas and our university, providing many opportunities for hands-on regional research. As Kansas’ first university, Baker has played a role in the state’s inception and development for more than 150 years.

Reenact, Research, Excavate

Baker students often re-create or interpret important moments in history. You may reenact famous battles to understand military strategies, re-create segregated public facilities on campus to understand the consequences of segregation or stage a public protest to understand how and why students protested in the 1960s.

You will also visit historical sites to conduct research at local archives and museums. Our emphasis on public history provides you the chance to interview veterans, Dust Bowl survivors and others as part of your research.

Preparation for a Career or Graduate Studies

Ninety-eight percent of Baker graduates find employment or enter graduate schools within six months of graduation. They serve in fields such as archival management, museum administration, teaching and law, work in the national park system and work in research positions in government agencies and the private sector.

Many of our students continue their studies at graduate schools across the nation and internationally:

  • Yale University
  • University of Oxford
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of St. Andrews in Scotland
  • Duke University Law School
  • Georgetown University Law School
  • University of Kansas Law School