Welcome to the University of Montana History Department

We are a community of eleven 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 Event

Tenth Annual Hampton Lecture

The Serpent in the Garden: How the South Remember Slavery

Blain Roberts, Professor of History, Fresno State University

Based on her book Denmark Vesey’s Garden, historian Blain Roberts will discuss why the topic of slavery continues to divide Americans over 150 years after emancipation.

April 16, 2019

Gallagher Business Building, Room 106

Free and open to the public

Downloadable poster (JEPG)

hapton lecture announcement poster

Presented by the University of Montana Department of History and African American Studies Program.

For more information contact Professor Jeff Wiltse (jeff.wiltse@mso.umt.edu).