Department of History, Philosophy & Religious Studies

  • History major and Marine Corps veteran Robert Lliteras received recognition as a 2016 Presidental Emerging Scholar and a scholarship to research the history of U.S. foreign policy in Afghanistan.

  • Amanda Hardin received a fellowship from the Charles Redd Center for her paper, "We Camp A While in the Wilderness: An Exploration of African American Outdoor Culture, 1866-1920"

  • The Museum of African American History and Culture has selected one of Billy Smith's maps to display in their permanent collection.

  • History Professor Maggie Greene and graduate students Clinton Colgrove, Kelsey Matson, Kerri Clement, Jen Dunn and Patrick Collier ride a ferry boat in Seattle after attending the ASEH Conference.

  • The 2016 Award Ceremony was a great success! 31 undergraduate and graduate students were recognized for their achievements and service to the Department. Congratulations everyone!

  • Michael Ruiz, Charles Bernstein, James Nausadis, Emily Reddish and Dylan Hills compete in the annual Ethics Bowl.

  • Jackson Engle and Amy Fontaine, two Philosophy students helping Sara Waller with her Yellowstone project.

Welcome to the Department of History, Philosophy and Religious Studies at MSU! 

An interdisciplinary department, we offer three majors, tailored major options and several exciting minors, including Latin American Studies and Museum Studies. Internships at historical societies, museums and Yellowstone are also an important part of the educational experience. Undergraduate students also have opportunities to conduct research and work directly with faculty members on topics ranging from urban coyotes to the Butte mine. The department hosts both history and philosophy honor societies, as well as a philosophy ethics debate team. At all levels of the curriculum, the department provides students with the tools to think rigorously, to research and thereby generate knowledge empirically, and to articulate their thoughts coherently. For these reasons, the department’s programs are among the most sought-after in the College of Letters and Science and across campus.

Areas of Specialty

America and the West

Specializing in the History of America and the American West, the department offers advanced level coursework in topics ranging from "Montana and the West" to "Race,Class and Jazz in America" to "Interpretations of American Religions" to "History of American Indians."

Interdisciplinary Approach to Science and the Environment

Students learn to analyze science, the environment and technology within broader cultural, historical and philosophical contexts through courses like "Philosophy of Science," "Nature and Religion" and the "Darwinian Revolution."

Teaching

In conjuction with the Department of Education, the department offers a teacher education program for students seeking careers teaching middle or high school level history or social studies. Students who earn their degrees in the History Teaching Option may apply for state certification. For more information, click here.

Graduate Studies

The department offers both a master's and doctoral degree in history, in three areas of specialty: environmental history; history of the American West; and the history of science, technology and society. The program offers many opportunities for students to collaborate with peers, professors and visiting scholars. For more information, click here.