How do revolutions happen? How have past societies recovered from pandemics? What are the origins of democracy? How did racial slavery fuel the rise of global capitalism? Studying history at UM means asking bold questions about the past and discovering answers that will transform how we understand the world today. History students work with award-winning faculty on cutting-edge research in areas ranging from the ancient Mediterranean to modern Latin America. As a history student, you master skills in evaluating information, critical inquiry and effective communication. Join us and be prepared for living and working in the 21st century.
of our courses are taught by full-time faculty with PhDs in history
faculty have won the Cox Award for Teaching Excellence; 2 were nominated for CASE Professor of the Year
of students complete an original research project with faculty mentor
Austin Haney is the first living history intern at the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Interpretive Center. He designs history presentations, maintains costumes and conducts historically accurate and entertaining presentations for visitors. Our Public History Program offers students opportunities to gain the knowledge, skills and community connections to bring history alive outside of the classroom.
History Students Engage
Our dynamic curriculum connects past and present. Our public history and internship programs offer students the opportunity to find local, regional, and global venues to apply their classroom studies to real-world experiences in Missoula and around the world.
History Graduates Succeed
Through small classes and close mentorship, History develops life-long, marketable skills that prepare graduates for engaged citizenship and careers in law and public service, education and journalism, business, entrepreneurship, and more.
History Alumni Give Back
Both professionally and personally, our graduates thrive and credit the life perspective and skillsets gained through our discipline. Alumni endow scholarships and public lectures, support workshops and internships, and sustain our public history program.
History Creates Community
Clubs, lectures, workshops, conferences, and informal gatherings provide students, faculty, and alumni with abundant opportunities to share ideas and good times.