William Ferguson » Department of History & Political Science

Welcome to Bethany College’s History-Political Science Department! We think our students are among the finest you’ll find at any college or university in the nation. Academically, they are high achievers, but they also distinguish themselves in a wide variety of musical, artistic, and athletic endeavors.

We are particularly proud of their record as campus leaders. Our majors have been officers in student government, sororities, fraternities, and their respective classes. They have been editors and staff members for the Bethany Messenger, the College’s newspaper, and have served in positions of responsibility in residence halls.


History and Political Science
Social Science Teaching 6-12


Social Studies: Middle Level Social Studies Endorsement for Teacher Licensure 5-8


Download History & Political Science Brochure

Are You Thinking of a Career in Secondary Schools?  A Supervisor’s Perspective on Which Candidate to Hire


Careers for History Majors


Primary Sources Websites:

Hanover Historical Texts Collection

From Revolution to Reconstruction and Beyond (US History)

The Avalon Project

Kansas Memory

Citation Help:
Chicago Manual of Style

Chicago Manual of Style at Purdue OWL

Phi Alpha Theta

Department Contacts

William Ferguson

Part-Time Professor of History
Office Department of History & Political Science
Photo of William Ferguson


William “Bill” Ferguson came to Bethany in the fall of 2010 as an adjunct professor of history.


He received his associate’s degree from Cloud County Community College in 1977, and his bachelor’s degree from Bethany College in 1979.  In 1990, Ferguson graduated from Fort Hays State University with a master’s in history.


Prior to coming to Bethany, Ferguson taught for 32 years at three different high schools in Kansas. He spent 10 of those years at Peabody and Sterling. The last 22 years were spent at Smoky Valley High School in Lindsborg, Kan.  At those schools, he taught American history, world history, Kansas history, psychology and American government.


In 2003 Ferguson was chosen as one of 87 teachers across the nation to be part of the initial class of the “Teach Vietnam Teachers Network” sponsored by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Association.  He spent a week at Georgetown University learning and sharing information geared toward teaching about the Vietnam Era to American high school students.


The Dwight D. Eisenhower Foundation chose Ferguson for a grant to study the topic “The Eisenhower Years and the Cold War” at Gettysburg College in 2005.


Ferguson and his wife, Jan (Lindsey) ’79, have been residents of Lindsborg since 1989.  They are members of Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lindsborg.  They have served on many councils and committees during their time in the community.  They have two sons, Keith ‘10 and Michael.