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NDSU is a great place to learn.
...and a great place to study history, philosophy, or religious studies.
Dr. Cooley and Dr. Sugihara
Doug Hamilton, James Sugihara, and Professor Dennis Cooley. Sugihara and Cooley had just finished being interviewed about the inaugural Phi Kappa Phi Distinguished Emeritus Award. The award was given to Sugihara at a reception that also celebrated his 100th birthday and contributions to NDSU.
Newest Fargo History Project Addition
The 2016 Digital History class created a series of walking/driving tours of Fargo Moorhead.
Eastern Europe and Russia
The writings of Danilo Kiš illuminate the human costs of fascism and Stalinism. Dr. John K. Cox explores them in his research on the intellectual and political history of Serbia and Hungary.
Asian History
Examine the effects of European imperialism and trace the rise of Asia's global influence with Dr. Tracy Barrett.
Latin American History
Dr. Benton's research explores the collision of Spanish and indigenous cultures in colonial Mexico.
A talk by Dr. Dennis Cooley
On February 4, 2014, Dr. Dennis Cooley, Professor of Philosophy, gave a talk at the Science, Religion, and Lunch Seminar in the Hidatsa Room at North Dakota State University. Click to listen to a recording the talk.
Fargo History Project
Dr. Angela Smith's current research looks at Melvina Massey, and African-American prostitute who lived and worked in Fargo between 1886 and 1911.
Environmental History
The complex relationships between human cultures and the natural resources that surround them are central to Dr. Mark Harvey’s teaching of environmental history and the American West.

Welcome to the Department of History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies at North Dakota State University. The department is committed to pursuing excellence in scholarship and teaching in all of its many areas of specialization. Our outstanding faculty and students specialize in a wide variety of historical, contemporary, and global themes that reflect the human condition.  Our department’s 93 courses introduce students to the excitement of academic discovery and provide rigorous training in analyzing and understanding the present and past. As a Department in the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, the NDSU Department of History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies has over 200 undergraduate majors, and serves thousands of students across the university. The department also has a vibrant community of graduate students who are active in research, fieldwork, and the community. For all of its students, the Department of History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies promotes active learning and individual engagement, provides exciting and diverse learning opportunities, and creates personal and academic connections to last a lifetime.