University of Montana
Dept. of History
32 Campus Dr.
Missoula, MT 59812
American West, Environmental History, Early Modern and Modern Europe, Native American History, and nineteenth and twentieth century United States.
The Department of History offers the Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. The department is particularly strong in the fields of Western U.S. history and environmental history specifically, and American history in general. Modern and early modern Europe are other areas of strength. The department offers courses defined by traditional chronological and regional divisions as well as a variety of topical and innovative courses.
Special Programs or Resources
The Mansfield Library's holdings include the Mike Mansfield papers and the James Gerard Watson papers, as well as a large number of state and local sources for the study of Montana history.
Ten teaching assistantships are available to history graduate students. These are awarded on a competitive basis annually. Assistantships for Ph.D. students may be renewed up through the fourth year and assistantships for M.A. students may be renewed for a second year. Teaching assistants handle discussion sections in the American and European surveys.
In addition to their salaries, teaching assistants receive a tuition fee waiver (in-state or out-of-state) and a waiver of the registration fee. Other fees charged by the University are not included in the TA fee waiver package. Teaching assistants are required to register for 9 credits each semester. The History Department has opportunities for graduate students to serve as paid graders in undergraduate courses. These opportunities vary each semester.
The Moser-McKinney Scholarship is awarded to a Ph.D. student. It includes a waiver of tuition and all fees. It is renewable for four years and offers opportunities to teach. The Cappadocia Fellowship of $3,000 is awarded annually to a graduate student in European history.
Research money is available for specific projects from two sources: the A.B. Hammond Fund for Western History administered by the department and the Research Advisory Council, administered by the Vice President for Research and Economic Development.
45 credit hours; written and oral exams (four fields)
Information from Department of Education
(Includes information on the size, location, and general characteristics of faculty and student body)
Information from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
(Includes rating of the institution's rating of the graduate instructional program and size and setting)
Full-time Faculty: 17
Relative Size based on Number of Full-time Faculty: Small [Explain]
Student Demographics (Fall 2011):
Number of Doctoral Students in Program: 11
New Doctoral Students Entering Program: 0
Proportion of Doctoral Students Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
Number of Graduate Students Enrolled: 14
Relative Size Based on Graduate Student Enrollment: Small [Explain]
First PhD conferred: 1970
History PhDs conferred to Date: 13
Number of PhDs Conferred (2011–12): 0
Relative Size Based on PhDs Conferred: Small [Explain]
Last Updated: October 19, 2012