Welcome to the Department of History & Philosophy at MSU! 

An interdisciplinary department, we offer two 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 our 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 throughout the University.

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 "McCarthy, Populism, and Fear in Politics" to "Food in America" 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 conjunction 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 by visiting the College of Education webpage

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. Visit the History Graduate Program Overview webpage for more information.