Montana State University

College of Letters and Science

Montana State University
P.O. Box 172360
Bozeman, MT 59717-2360

Tel: (406) 994-4288
Fax: (406) 994-7580
Location: 2-205 Wilson Hall


Nicol C. Rae

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L&S Academic Programs

The College of Letters & Science is the largest center for learning, teaching and research at MSU. The liberal arts tradition ensures that students are poised to respond to the complexities of the world and the rapid expansion of human knowledge: learning to think critically, solve problems, communicate clearly and understand other disciplines and cultures. In addition, the emphasis on research and scholarship ensures that students participate in engaging, hands-on learning experiences.


Department of English
Department of History & Philosophy
Department of Modern Languages & Literatures
Department of Native American Studies

Although seemingly diverse, the humanities concern themselves with exploring, interpreting and refining the record of human experience, examining what is and has been significant for human thought and action. As fields of study, they develop our capacity for analytic thought, creative expression, and moral imagination—tools we need in order to acquire, integrate and make good use of knowledge. In addition, they stress the importance—in today’s world as ever—of understanding multiple cultures, effective speaking and writing, and proficiency in more than one language.






Natural Sciences

Department of Cell Biology & Neuroscience
Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Department of Earth Sciences
Department of Ecology
Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Department of Physics

In the classroom, the laboratory and the field, the natural sciences faculty is committed to excellent instruction in order to develop future scientists, a technically proficient workforce, and a scientifically literate public. Through cutting-edge classroom instruction, hands-on laboratory experiences and faculty-mentored undergraduate research, these departments offer students an understanding of the physical world and the opportunity to apply that understanding to solve real-world problems.

Social Sciences

Department of Agricultural Economics & Economics
Department of Political Science
Department of Psychology
Department of Sociology & Anthropology

As a group, the social sciences strive to understand individual and social behavior in all aspects of our lives, from the political and cultural to the familial and economic. The study of social sciences includes how people—historically and today—govern themselves, interact with others and the environment, and plan for the future. The analysis of societies and social change helps us develop the ability to make informed and reasoned decisions for the public good as citizens of a culturally diverse, democratic society in an interdependent world.






Mathematical Sciences

Department of Mathematical Sciences

Mathematics offers a powerful set of tools with which to understand and approach the world. These tools include logical reasoning, problem-solving, and the ability to think in abstract ways. Mathematics is important in everyday life, science and technology, medicine, the economy, the environment and public decision-making. Today, the study of mathematics transcends cultural boundaries, which is why it is often referred to as “the universal language.