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

2019 H. Duane Hampton Lecture

"The Serpent in the Garden: How the South Remembers Slavery"

By Professor Blain Roberts, California State University, Fresno

Tuesday, April 16th at 7pm in Gallagher Business Building, Room 122 (GBB 122) 

Why does the topic of slavery continue to divide Americans over 150 years after emancipation? Why is there such bitter debate about what slavery was like and how we should remember it today? This lecture will illuminate these vexing issues by examining the long, contentious battle over the memory of slavery in Charleston, South Carolina—the capital of American slavery and the cradle of the Confederacy.

Event organized by the History Department at the University of Montana.

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