The History Department at the University of Kansas is particularly distinguished in undergraduate teaching. Many faculty members have won awards for their teaching, such as the Kemper Prize, and the department as a whole ranks well above the University average in student evaluations.
- Faculty in the department are often nationally and internationally recognized leaders in their field, and they bring this advanced knowledge to bear on their teaching.
- Recent Courses in the department are usually small, and the larger courses always include Teaching Assistants, so students can receive individual attention and feedback on their work.
- Flexibility is a given in the department: students have only two required courses—a course on historical methods and a senior research seminar—and a choice of concentrating on any of ten fields, as well as the opportunity to design their own major. The department and faculty also have links to interdisciplinary work in Environmental Studies, African and African-American Studies, Indigenous Nations Studies, and other area studies programs.
- Resources for history research at KU are rich. Watson and Anschutz libraries help make up a major research library collection, and the Spencer Library offers such resources as the Wilcox Collection on extremist politics, the University Archives, and major collections in British history, among others.