What makes our program unique?

Knowledge of history enriches the lives of those who study it, enabling them to understand the context and causes of contemporary events. The History curriculum most directly reflects and enhances intellectual inquiry and explores the past in an effort to illuminate the question of what it means to be human. Careful, impartial, and honest examination of the human story over time contributes to our understanding and appreciation of the collective experience of humankind.  Students who choose to major or minor in history will enhance their abilities to read and think critically and to discuss and write in a logical manner. Such skills are highly prized in the professional world.

Our program takes students through the beginning stages of historical study via well grounded, college level surveys combining lectures and interactive discussions based upon assigned readings. As student’s progress through the upper division level, classes are characterized by reading-based discussions and guided research. At the senior capstone level, they produce a final research-based project as a culmination of their studies. Students may have the opportunity to prepare oral histories and papers based on primary sources relating to the 20th Century in Great Falls.

Learning Objectives

Students will learn to:

  1. Acquire a broad knowledge base of historical events and persons.
  2. Become familiar with the most important historical theories and the historiography of selected areas of historical inquiry.
  3. Work closely with department members to produce written work of superior quality.
  4. Demonstrate skill in chronological thinking about complex cause and effect relationships that drive historical change, analyze the reliability of both secondary and primary sources, and utilize these skills for interpretation of the historical record.
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of US history, including the history of indigenous people of North America, and diverse civilizations throughout the world.
  6. Describe the origin, development, and ramifications of social, political, economic, cultural, ideological, and religious phenomena in the context of their historical development and impact on the present.
  7. Identify the cultural, economic, political, scientific/technological, and social activity of humans in the analysis of contemporary issues and problems.
  8. Explain the history, cultural heritage, political development and contemporary status of American Indians.

Career Preparation

Many of our graduates complete the history curriculum in preparation for careers in teaching or law. Some have chosen to continue their studies at the graduate level, and others have gone on to diverse careers in the public and private sectors.

Potential Career Opportunities Include: 

  • Diplomacy
  • Politics
  • Museums
  • Research
  • Security Agencies
  • Government
  • Law
  • Publishing
  • Intelligence Agencies
  • Education


Bachelor of Arts in History




History minor is offered


Janine Giordano Drake
Benjamin Donnelly