Tickets for the Stegner Lecture with Tiya Miles can be found here!

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.

 Tickets for the Stegner Lecture with Tiya Miles can be found here

Statement regarding the recent Executive Order issued on January 27th:

The Department of History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies strongly condemns the Executive Order on immigration issued on January 27th, 2017.  We are committed to the principles of inclusion and diversity, to the unfettered circulation of ideas, and to the cross-fertilization of those ideas from diverse peoples, cultures, and religions. The Executive Order is an attack on these principles of academic freedom and religious toleration.  It is grounded on toxic notions of immigrants and refugees, uses purposefully false arguments concerning threats to our national security, and helps promote a climate of fear and intolerance.  As an academic department in a land grant institution, our mission is to foster an atmosphere that is conducive to the free cultivation of ideas, and we take our moral responsibility seriously to defend that mission when under attack from political and ideological forces. We want all students who have been affected by the Executive Order to know that they are welcome – indeed, invited – into our Department, into our offices, and into our classrooms.  

We are joined in our unequivocal condemnation of the Executive Order by other departments, universities, and academic associations across the United States, including the Montana State Faculty Senate, the American Historical Association, the American Studies Association, the American Society for Environmental History, the Association for Asian Studies, the National Council of Area Studies, the Middle East Studies Association, and Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, the American Philosophical Society, and the American Schools of Oriental Research, among many others.  We are also proud that our former Business Operations Manager, Jessica Marks, has founded an organization aimed at helping refugees transition to life in America.

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Areas of Specialty

History of America and the American 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."

Science, Environment, Technology, Society

The SETS major offers students a multi-disciplinary course of study that analyzes science, technology, and the environment within their broader cultural contexts, including intellectual and social history, environmental history, religious studies, and philosophy.


In conjuction with the Department of Education, the department offers a teacher education program for students seeking careers teaching secondary 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.