• Dr. Bradley Benton awarded an NEH Grant
    July 22, 2014, Bradley Benton, assistant professor in the Department of History, Philosophy and Religious Studies, has just been awarded an NEH Scholarly Editions and Translations Grant in the amount of $248,678 over 3 years. The project, entitled “Rise of the Chichimeca: Translation of Don Fernando de Alva Ixtlilxochitil’s History of Ancient Mexico,” will allow a collaborative team of scholars to prepare for publication a translation of Historia de la nación chichimeca, a history of pre-Columbian and conquest-era Mexico by Don Fernando de Alva Ixtlilxochitl (ca. 1578-1650).
  • ΦΑΘ
    Phi Alpha Theta (ΦΑΘ) is an American honor society for undergraduate and graduate students and professors of history. The society has over 350,000 members, with about 9,500 new members joining each year through 860 local chapters.
  • Dennis Cooley's talk
    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.
  • Prostitution and Fargo's Most Notable Madam, 1889-1911
    Fargo History Project
    Students in this year's Digital History class produced a documentary.
  • Image for “History Matters,” a Presentation for AHSS 2013 Honors Day by Dr. Angela Smith
    “History Matters”
    Click to see the video that Dr. Angela Smith produced and presented at 2013 Honors Day.
  • Student Projects
    The Introduction to Museum Studies class in the spring of 2013 produced the exhibit, "Taboo Fargo/Moorhead," for the Heritage and Cultural Center of Clay County.
  • Service Learning
    Dr. Tom Isern took service learning students to Killdeer, North Dakota during the summer of 2013 to work on a preservation project at the Hutmacher Farmstead.
  • Panoramic photo of Naumburn, Germany.
    The Naumburg, Germany, cathedral and its bishop in the Early Modern period play an important role in Dr. Ineke Justitz's recent research. Photo by Christian Bier.
  • Historic Landscapes
    Dr. Tom Isern took students to Killdeer, North Dakota, during the summer of 2013 as part of the ongoing preservation work on the Hutmacher Farmstead.
  • Latin American History
    Dr. Benton's research explores the collision of Spanish and indigenous cultures in colonial Mexico.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Asian History
    Examine the effects of European imperialism and trace the rise of Asia's global influence with Dr. Tracy Barrett.
  • Fieldwork
    At Fort Abercrombie, students have a field experience as they explore the landscape of an 1862 battle.
  • Richardton, North Dakota
    NDSU is a great place to learn.
    ...and a great place to study history, philosophy, or religious studies.

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.