Montana State University

Department of History and Philosophy

Department of History and Philosophy
Montana State University
2-155 Wilson Hall
Bozeman , Montana 59717

Tel: (406) 994-4395

Department Chair
Brett L. Walker, Chair

Graduate Program Director
Michael Reidy

Graduate Program Coordinator
Diane S. Cattrell


• James Allard; History of Philosophy, Nineteenth Century Philosophy, History of Logic.
• David Cherry; Ancient History, Comparative Frontiers.
• David Large; Modern Europe , Germany , Intellectual History.
• Mary Murphy (Michael P. Malone Professor); American Women, American West, Labor.
• Robert W. Rydell; Nineteenth Century U.S. , Technology, Intellectual and Cultural, Museums.
• Lynda Sexson; Religion and Culture, Literature, Nature, Gender, Text and Image.
• Billy G. Smith; Early America , Class, Race, Slavery.
• Brett L. Walker; Japan , East Asian Civilizations, Environmental, Science and Medicine.

Associate Professors

• Prasanta S. Bandyopadhyay; Philosophy of Science, Epistemology, Philosophy.
• Susan Cohen; Syro-Palestinian Archaeology, Hebrew Bible, Political Economy of the Ancient Near East.
• Daniel Flory; Aesthetics, Philosophy and Film, Philosophy and Critical Race Theory.
• Sanford Levy; Ethics, Biomedical Ethics.
• Michelle Maskiell; Modern South Asia, Asian Women.
• Michael Reidy; Science , Britain.

Assistant Professors

• Robert B. Campbell; U.S. Environmental, Nineteenth Century U.S. History, American Indian History.
• Kristen Intemann; Ethics, Applied Ethics, Philosophy of Science, Feminist Philosophy.
• Timothy LeCain; History of Technology and Environment, Modern U.S. , American West.
• Carla Nappi; History of Chinese Science and Medicine, Ming and Quing History, Natural History in Early Modern Europe.
• Yanna Yannakakis; Latin America.

Degree Offered

MA in History
PhD in History

The Department of History and Philosophy is dedicated to providing quality education in History for two graduate degree programs, the MA and the PhD. The Department offers concentrated training in three particular areas: the history of science, technology, and society; environmental history; and the history of the American West and Montana . While the degrees offered by the Department are grounded in American history, the faculty is committed to familiarizing students with World history, critical theoretical concerns, the history of women in a multi-cultural context, and to encouraging students to think about the history of the United States in a global context.


Prospective graduate students should follow the guidelines in the Admission Policies and Application Requirements sections. The GRE General Exam is required; the GRE advanced test in history is not required. Successful applicants are accepted into both the department and the Division of Graduate Education.

Program Requirements

Master of Arts in History

Course Requirements
The MA degree requires a total of 30 credit hours. The following required courses have been created to serve as the core of each graduate student’s program. Students may also take 400-level courses in history or in related disciplines, such as historical geography. Internships at museums and historical societies may also count for credit.

Required Core Courses

HIST 503 History of America Before 1860 4 credits
HIST 505 U.S. History 1860 to the Present 4 credits
HIST 512 Topics in World History 3 credits
HIST 540 Historical Methods 3 credits

Doctor of Philosophy Degree in History
The PhD in History requires a minimum of 25 course credit hours above the MA degree and a minimum of 18 credits of History 690 (Dissertation Writing). Note that the precise credit/course requirement will be determined by the student’s doctoral committee chair in consultation with the student and the other committee members.

All students will declare a Major Field of emphasis and two Minor Areas . Major Fields include: a. History of Science and Technology; b. Environmental History; c. U.S.History. Minor Fields include a. gender; b. race; c. class, labor and economy; d. religious studies; e. imperialism; f. historical theories and methodologies; g. comparative frontiers; h. science and technology; i. environmental studies; j. philosophy of science; k. museum studies; i. American west.

The PhD program in History offers students the opportunity to obtain an area of concentration in Public History. To obtain the area of concentration, students are expected to take an additional 15 credits that include History 502 (Public History and Material Culture). Students are normally expected to complete at least 9 credits of History 576 (Internship).

Financial Assistance

The primary form of financial support available through the Department is the teaching assistantship, which is awarded on a competitive basis. There are sometimes other opportunities available for financial support, such as grading, research assistantships with individual faculty members, and tutoring positions.

 Teaching assistantships are awarded on a competitive basis each semester. To be considered for a teaching assistantship, MA students’ applications to the graduate program must be received by Nov. 1st for the following Spring, by March 15th for the following Fall, and by January 15th for PhD students. Current graduate students and GTAs may indicate their interest by submitting a brief letter or email to Diane Cattrell. Under typical circumstances, teaching assistants will teach 4, 50-minute sections of discussion for a history 100-level course. Discussion sections normally have 20 students each.


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