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Department of History

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The Department of History offers small, innovative classes with internationally distinguished faculty. Our bachelor’s and master’s programs foster students’ intellectual development, while developing marketable skills for future careers.

We invite you learn more about our department and programs. If you have questions or want to learn more, please contact us.

What's on deck in the History Department?

ISU Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta to host the Regional Conference, April 12-13, 2019!

The ISU Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta is excited to host this year's Pacific Northwest Regional Conference! Phi Alpha Theta is the national honor society for undergraduate and graduate students in history. ISU's Chi Rho Chapter has been a forum for research, collaboration, and ideas exchange for over 40 years.

If you are interested in presenting your research at or attending this year's conference, please find more information at the conference web page.


February Humanities Cafe

ISU Humanities Cafe presents Professor Laura Ahola-Young (Art), who will speak about Finnish-American Art in "Art, the Echo Trail and Sisu."

Info: Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at Portneuf Valley Brewing (615 S. 1st Ave, Pocatello)
Appetizers served at 5:30pm, presentation begins at 6:00pm

For more information, please contact 

What's new in the History Department?

Profile of history major Jessica Carter:

History Major Jessica Carter and her advisor, Dr. Paul Sivitz, were recently featured in A Major that Matters from the College of Arts and Letters. Congratulations to them both!

"My advice to current and future ISU students it to use your advisor. I was lucky enough to have Dr. Sivitz as my advisor and without his support and direction, I don't know that i would be as prepared to take this next step in my future. Anytime I had a question or needed advice, he is always quick to answer. All of the professors in the History department sincerely want you to do well, if you need anything, they will make the time for you. Use them."