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NDSU is a great place to learn.
...and a great place to study history, philosophy, or religious studies.
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.
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).
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.