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Graduate Program

The Department of History offers the Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. The graduate program is small and selective, enrolling six to eight students a year. The small size of the program enables faculty members to devote considerable time to each graduate student. The department prides itself on the high quality of its graduate instruction and mentoring.

The department trains graduate students in many fields but has particular strengths in nineteenth and twentieth century U.S. history, Western U.S. history, U.S. environmental history, and modern and early modern European history. In collaboration with historians in the Native American Studies Department, the History Department also trains graduate students in Native American history.

The Ph.D. program prepares students for academic positions at two-year and four-year colleges and universities as well as jobs in public history, government, and the private sector. Recent graduates and soon-to-be graduates hold academic positions at Gonzaga University, the University of Montana, Meredith College, and Whatcom Community College. Another recent graduate was hired as Executive Vice President at a private firm specializing in contract historical research.

The M.A. program prepares students for admission into doctoral programs and for employment in education (junior colleges and private high schools), museums and historical societies, and the private sector. The department has a long track record of placing its M.A. graduates into the nation’s most competitive doctoral programs, including Yale, Stanford, Michigan, Virginia, and Wisconsin. Past M.A. graduates have then gone on to tenure-line jobs at many leading universities, including the University of Virginia, the University of Georgia, and the University of Nebraska. Recent M.A. graduates have also landed jobs with the U.S. State Department, the Montana Historical Society, and several private high schools.

If you have questions about the graduate program, contact Jeff Wiltse, Director of Graduate Studies, at

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