Department of History
The Department of History offers a variety of unique courses taught by exceptional faculty. Our bachelor’s and master’s programs will teach you to interpret the past while preparing you for your future. Both programs can be completed entirely online.
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For a complete list of the History Department's course offerings, please visit classes.isu.edu.
Faculty Statement on Black Lives Matter
The Department of History at Idaho State University expresses our solidarity with everyone calling for an end to racial violence in the U.S. We are horrified by the murders of George Floyd, Tony McDade, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and all of those who have died as a result of systemic racial violence in our country. Their lives mattered. Black lives matter.
As historians, we know that racist violence is not new. Almost exactly a century ago, in 1919, the U.S. exploded in racial violence during the “Red Summer,” in which African Americans were the targets of white supremacist terror throughout the country, resulting in massive casualties and over one thousand deaths. The “Red Summer” is sadly only one example of the long history of racial injustice in our country.
Yet history reminds us that change is possible. We commit to working for that change, and we support the individuals and groups fighting for that change.
To our students, we want to let you know that we are here for you as you navigate this moment. We support you, and we are committed to engaging with and learning from you as we fight systemic racism and injustice.
We want to amplify President Satterlee’s condemnation of racism, and we hope that the entire ISU community will work diligently to become more inclusive. We all need to do a better job of creating a more supportive environment for our Black students, staff, and faculty.
Recent Student Work
History students have the opportunity to learn a variety of research skills and digital tools to connect our local stories to global history. Check out some recent projects below!
Influenza in Idaho
Summer 2020 History of Idaho students built a website to explore the 1918-1920 influenza pandemic in Idaho. The page, available here, is a fascinating collection of historical primary sources that show how Idaho experienced a global pandemic. The page uses ArcGIS mapping software to link these sources to Idaho's towns.
SE Idaho Nikkei Project
Spring 2020 Global Idaho seminar students built a website to explore over a century of experiences and contributions of Japanese Americans of southeastern Idaho, centered on the towns of Pocatello and Blackfoot. The website, available here, combines primary sources, research blog posts, and additional resources to explore.