The skills and knowledge learned from our dedicated faculty are invaluable not only in the pursuit of graduate degrees and careers but also in gaining a balanced perspective on history, politics, philosophy, the social sciences and society at large.
Majors in HPSS think critically on a broad range of issues to better understand our world by connecting with the past, experiencing the present and anticipating the future.
This four-year degree program is designed to prepare students for graduate studies in one of the following areas:
This degree will prepare and license students to teach history in middle high or high schools.
This degree will prepare and license students to teach social science in middle high or high schools.
Here are just two great examples of history, philosophy & social science courses at Montana Western. For a full course selection, please see the current catalog.
An in-depth examination of the important events that have shaped American society since the end of World War II, with particular emphasis on the Cold War, Civil Rights including identity movements associated with African-Americans, Native Americans, and women, liberalism vs. conservatism, and U.S. responsibilities as a world power. Students will be expected to engage in class discussions and prepare written assignments based on core readings and library research.
Resource scarcities are the source of conflict in many parts of the world, and appropriate and sustainable development is crucial to sustaining the supply of oil, forests, minerals, fish, and other resources. This course examines the nature and distribution of world resources, the potential for conflict over these resources, and potential means of achieving sustainability. Students will be evaluated on written assignments, a term project, and class discussion.
A degree in history, philosophy and social sciences from Montana Western will prepare you for a career as:
Aaron Weinacht has taught history at Montana Western since 2007. He is interested in helping students learn to do historical research for themselves. Weinacht teaches survey courses in Western civilization and American history and has taught upper division courses in Russian history and European intellectual history. His own research focuses primarily on the intellectual history of Tsarist Russia.
Bill Janus received the Fulbright Research Fellowship to Poland in 1999-2000. His focuses of research are the Third Reich and paramilitary politics; communist Poland and state cultural manipulation; and U.S. militarism. Janus shares his knowledge of history and world affairs with his students in an experiential setting at Montana Western, allowing the present to meet the past.
John Hajduk received his Ph.D. in history from the State University of New York at Buffalo with a specialty in American cultural history. He has researched and written on such topics as the American popular music industry; political humor and its impact on political discourse; and the socialist administration of Lewis Duncan in Butte, Mont. Hajduk is proud to have helped Montana Western graduates develop the skills necessary for acceptance to graduate degree programs across the country.
Mark Krank teaches psychology at Montana Western. He is particularly interested in how psychology relates to education. Krank conducted the analysis of a large data set on Experience One scheduling when Montana Western implemented the program on a pilot basis from 2002-2004. Krank also teaches education classes and a special class once a year that examines the minds of serial killers.
Michael Francisconi is a professor of anthropology and sociology at Montana Western. He encourages his students to engage in open, critical discourse. One of Francisconi's projects is Indian Education for All, a program sponsored through the Dillon Middle School with assistance from Salish-Kootenai College, which helps middle-school students gain a deeper understanding of history, culture, and contemporary issues of the Salish Nation in Montana.
Sara Glasgow's primary research area is in the political economy of health, focusing on political ideologies informing public health approaches to chronic, noncommunicable diseases. Her other research and teaching interests include international relations theory, critical security studies, wargaming and simulation design, and pedagogical approaches to interdisciplinary studies.
Sean Eudaily is an associate professor of politics at the University of Montana Western where he teaches courses in politics, law, geography, history and philosophy. He is the author of "The Present Politics of the Past: Indigenous Legal Activism and Resistance to (Neo) Liberal Governmentality" (Routledge, 2004) as well as various other works on sovereignty, democratic theory, poststructuralism, and contentious politics. Eudaily is currently working on a book analyzing the transformations of the practice of sovereignty in comparative contexts including English domestic, British Imperial, and continental European during the 17th century.
The 2010 Montana Professor of the Year is continuing a proud tradition at Montana's premier teacher education institution.
Diana Taylor is pursuing an early childhood education degree to enrich her life and bolster her skills for her job at a Head Start in Butte, Mont.
The Carnegie Foundation's 2009 U.S. Professor of the Year is taking Montana Western's experiential learning to the national stage.
Rodeo has always been a way of life for Kody Lahaye, from when he was a child to now as a fifth-year senior in college.