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



Make History

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    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.

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    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.

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    History Alumni Give Back

    Both professionally and personally, our graduates thrive and credit the life perspective and skill sets gained through our discipline. Alumni endow scholarships and public lectures, support workshops and internships, and sustain our public history program.

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    History Creates Community

    Clubs, lectures, workshops, conferences, and informal gatherings provide students, faculty, and alumni with abundant opportunities to share ideas and good times.

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Spring 2020


Pandemic Record

Join in creating an historical record of Covid-19 by contributing to the Missoula County Community Archive Project.