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 US history, especially 19th and 20th centuries, American West, and environmental history; early modern and modern Europe; Middle East and Latin America. 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 archival holdings include the papers of Mike Mansfield, Joseph Dixon, James Watson Gerard, and the Boone and Crockett Club. Subject areas with particular depth include forestry and the timber industry, land use and conservation, and Montana politics. The collection also includes a large number of photographs, personal papers and business records supporting the study of Montana and regional history. Many students also work with faculty in related programs such as African American Studies, Environmental Studies, Latin American Studies, Native American Studies, Russian Studies, and Women's and Gender Studies.
Up to ten teaching assistantships are available to history graduate students. These are awarded on a competitive basis annually. Assistantships for PhD students may be renewed up through the fourth year and assistantships for MA 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 also offers graduate students the opportunity of serving as paid graders in undergraduate courses. These opportunities vary each semester and are dependent on funding from the College of Arts and Sciences.
Competitive funding packages for doctoral students include the Moser-McKinney Scholarship and George M. and Jane I. Dennison Fellowships. These carry a stipend and a waiver of tuition and registration fees. These funding packages are renewable for four years and offer 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: 9
New Doctoral Students Entering Program: 2
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