Welcome to the University of Montana History Department

We are a community of accomplished and award-winning scholars and teachers. Our research and teaching interests range widely but cover key areas of American, European, and world history. We strive to acquaint students with history as an analytical research discipline and to provide them with a life perspective based on actual human experience. To offset parochialism and ethnocentrism, we offer courses that deal with a rich variety of the world's civilizations, nations, and peoples. 

Our hundreds of undergraduate history majors and minors pursue a rigorous course of study that allows them to perceive the fundamental forces of change that shape society's institutions, values, and culture. Graduate students in our masters and doctoral programs engage with classic and cutting-edge scholarship and develop thesis and dissertation projects that make original contributions to historical knowledge.

We encourage you to explore our website and discover more about the history faculty, our students, and our programs. Please feel free to contact us for more information.

Upcoming Events

"Was the United States Ever Pro-Refugee?"

steve porter

Monday, November 25
7:00 p.m.
ALI Auditorium of the Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences

The UM Department of History and the UM Humanities Institute are delighted to partner with several other campus and community organizations to co-sponsor the lecture "Was the United States Ever Pro-Refugee?" by Dr. Steve Porter from the University of Cincinnati.

Dr. Porter is the author of Benevolent Empire: U.S. Power, Humanitarianism, and the World's Dispossessed (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016). The lecture will take place Monday, November 25 at 7:00 p.m. in the ALI Auditorium of the Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences.

Co-sponsors include: Soft Landing Missoula, the International Rescue Committee, the UM Departments of Political Science, Public Administration and Policy, and African American Studies, the Davidson Honors College, and the Alexander Blewett III School of Law.

This event is free and open to the public and is the first in a new lecture series entitled “Making Humanities Public.”