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Department of History

campus scenes, Friendship Bridge, sunrise, jk

The Department of History is proud to serve over 350 undergraduate and graduate students.

With 17 regular faculty members working in fields that span the globe in all of its diversity, we are able to offer a wide range of courses. The department boasts award-winning researchers and teachers, and we participate in the mission of the College of Social Sciences and Public Affairs, which is to engage in and serve the Boise community, the treasure valley, and the state of Idaho.

At the graduate level, we offer a traditional Master of Arts in History as well as a Master of Applied Historical Research degree. The latter degree, which has grown rapidly since its inception in 2003, has produced graduates who have entered into the workforce throughout the treasure valley in policy making and planning, journalism and education, natural and cultural resource management, and other related fields. The History Department is also the home of the Basque Studies Center and the Center for Idaho History and Politics. Please look through these pages; explore our programs and our faculty. If you have questions, get in touch with me or any other member of the faculty.

At the undergraduate level, we offer three degrees: a BA in History, a BA in History and Secondary Education, and a BA in History and Secondary Education with a Social Science Emphasis. The latter two degrees are for future high school teachers.

Joanne Klein
Department Chair
(208) 426-3248Dr. Klein in Austria


Preserve Boise’s Historical Legacy

Endowed Graduate Fellowship for City History

For nearly a decade, the College of Social Sciences and Public Affairs and the Department of History have partnered with the City of Boise’s Department of Arts and History to research, share, and preserve Boise’s historical legacy. Endowing this fellowship in city history will enable the City of Boise and Boise State University to attract strong and innovative graduate students, provide them with opportunities to gain hands-on, practical work experience, and allow for the expansion of the hallmark programs already established.

Your gift of $15, $150, $300, $500, $1,500 or more will have a lasting impact not only on our ability to continue documenting the important historical legacy of our community, but it also will provide a venue for training new professionals committed to the preservation of our historical past and our future.

College Headlines

  • Dec 15 2014

    ‘What Does it Mean to be a Millennial?’ Essay Contest

    The Blue Review is holding an essay contest for the millennial generation over the winter

  • Dec 15 2014

    Lynn Lubamersky

    Lynn Lubamersky, associate professor of history, attended her first meeting as a board member of

  • Dec 12 2014

    Spring Semester College Meeting Schedule

    The Office of the Provost has announced a schedule for college-wide meetings for the start of spring

  • Dec 12 2014

    Isaac Castellano

    Isaac Castellano, adjunct professor in political science, has published a book titled “Civil War Interventions

  • Dec 11 2014

    Susan Mason, Jaap Vos and Pengyu Zhu

    Susan Mason, Jaap Vos and Pengyu Zhu from the departments of Public Policy and Administration

  • Dec 10 2014

    Historian Wakild Receives NEH Grant

    Emily Wakild, associate professor in the Department of History at Boise State University, has been

  • Dec 09 2014

    John Freemuth

    John Freemuth, professor of political science and public policy, was quoted in an Idaho Statesman

  • Dec 02 2014

    Jennifer Weaver

    Jennifer M. Weaver, assistant professor in the Department of Psychology, and Thomas J. Schofield, faculty

  • Dec 02 2014

    John Freemuth

    John Freemuth, professor of political science and public policy, will speak at the annual meeting

  • Dec 01 2014

    erin mcclellan and Amanda Johnson Ashley

    Assistant professors erin mcclellan (Department of Communication) and Amanda Johnson Ashley (Department of Community &

  • Dec 01 2014

    Suzanne McCorkle Retirement Reception Dec. 12

    Suzanne McCorkle, director of the dispute resolution and conflict management certificate programs and professor of

  • Nov 25 2014

    Manda V. Hicks

    Manda V. Hicks, assistant professor in the Department of Communication, presented a paper titled “Marginalized