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Department of History

Michael Brose, Department Chair
158 History Building
Phone: (307) 766-5101, FAX: (307) 766-5192


RENEE LAEGREID, B.A. Washington State University 1982; M.A.L.S. Wesleyan University 1994; Ph.D. University of Nebraska 2002; Professor of History 2015, 2012.
B.A. McGill University 1993; M.A. University of Toronto 1994; Ph.D. 2000; Professor of History  and Global and Area Studies 2015, 2006.
B.A. University of Wyoming 1973; J.D. 1977; Ph.D. University of Washington 1990; Professor of History 2015, 1990.
B.A. California State University-Long Beach 1971; M.A. University of California-Los Angeles 1976; Ph.D. 1985; Professor of History 1996, 1985.

Associate Professors

MICHAEL C. BROSE, B.S. Seattle Pacific University 1978; M.Sc. University of British Columbia 1985; M.A. University of Washington 1991; Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania 2000; Associate Professor of History 2006, 2000.
ISADORA A. HELFGOTT, B.A. Swarthmore College 1994; A.M. Harvard University 1997; Ph.D. 2006; Associate Professor of History 2015, 2009.
MARIANNE R. KAMP, B.A. Dartmouth College 1985; Ph.D. University of Chicago 1998; Associate Professor of History 2005, 2000.
JEFFREY D. MEANS, B.A. Grand Canyon University 1995; M.A. University of Montana 2001; Ph.D. University of Oklahoma 2007; Associate Professor of History 2013, 2007.
JOANNA POBLETE, B.A. University of California - Davis 1997; M.A. University of California - Los Angeles 2002; Ph.D. 2006; Associate Professor of History 2015, 2009.
CHERYL A. WELLS, B.A.H. Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada 1995; M.A. University of South Carolina 1998; Ph.D. 2002; Associate Professor of History 2007, 2002.

Assistant Professors

CAROLYNE RYAN LARSON, B.A. Lawrence University 2004; M.A. University of Wisconsin-Madison 2006; Ph.D. 2011; Assistant Professor of History 2011.

Academic Professionals

BARBARA E. LOGAN, B.A. Queens College, CUNY 1986; Ph.D. University of California-Santa Cruz 2002; Extended Term Associate Lecturer 2015, 2011.

Professors Emeriti

Cook, Dieterich, Hardy, Kohler, Moore, Williams


The Department of History offers programs leading to the degrees of Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts.

The study of History at the University of Wyoming provides students with the tools to comprehend the present in order to prepare for the future. Challenging courses are designed to facilitate critical thinking and the development of analytical skills. Each of our courses features the discussion of complex issues, the development of writing and reading skills, and is generally oriented toward promoting individual enrichment. Our liberal arts undergraduate program of study encourages students to work toward a variety of career choices such as public history, archives and museum work, law, education, management, writing, government service, and graduate studies. The ability to develop perspective, render informed judgments, and function as productive citizens of the global community stand as hallmarks of our program.


The Department of History takes advising seriously. Prompt, accurate, and professional advising is a top priority at the University of Wyoming and the Department. To contact an advisor, please contact the department at or go to the History Department web site,, or phone (307) 766-5101. Faculty advisors are assigned to all students.

Pre-Law advising is available. The American Bar Association encourages a broad base curriculum with an emphasis on critical thinking, communication, and writing skills. The department has advisers available to assist with designing a curriculum to meet pre-law students' needs.

Undergraduate Major (Effective Fall 2003)

To complete the Bachelor of Arts degree in history, the student must present at least 36 semester credit hours in history courses or approved substitutions. The courses must be taken for letter grades and a grade of C or better must be earned. Three semesters of credit in the same foreign language is required in the history major. College and university requirements must be satisfied as well, including Wyoming/U.S. Constitutional requirement that can be satisfied by completing either HIST 1211 or HIST 1221 or HIST 1251. The total hours required is 120.

The history major has considerable leeway in course selection. Most courses taken as a freshman and sophomore are devoted to satisfying general university and the Arts & Sciences college requirements. During the first four semesters students are encouraged to take the 1000-2000 level 2015 University Studies Requirements (USP) as well as the required 12 hours of 1000-2000 level History courses. In junior and senior years, students take HIST 3020, 4030, and 15 hours of 3000-4000 History courses as well as the College of Arts & Sciences Core requirements. Three additional credit hours of history electives are required to total the 36 hours needed for the major.

Because of the flexibility of the History program, history majors are encouraged to choose a minor in consultation with their academic adviser. The minor often can be embedded in the USP requirements and the A&S requirements, and usually does not require additional hours to complete. Additional History courses may not exceed 50 total hours to complete degree requirements. Students are encouraged to work closely with their assigned department adviser in preparing their schedules.

Learning Outcomes

It is the goal of the History department that our graduates have the following skills and knowledge:

  • Students shall be able to demonstrate thinking skills by analyzing, synthesizing, and evaluating historical information from multiple sources.
  • Students will develop the ability to distinguish between fact and fiction while understanding that there is no one historical truth.
  • Students will produce well-researched written work that engages with both primary sources and the secondary literature.
  • Students will develop an informed familiarity with multiple cultures.
  • Students will employ a full range of techniques and methods used to gain historical knowledge.
  • Students will develop an ability to convey verbally their historical knowledge.
  • Students will demonstrate their understanding of cause and effect along with their knowledge of the general chronology of human experience.

Undergraduate Minor

The history minor must take at least 18 semester hours of history courses, 9 hours of which must be at the 3000-4000 level. These courses must be taken for letter grades with a minimum earned grade of C. For assistance in tailoring the minor content, contact the department office.

Public History Concentration

Public history designates the areas and careers that involve historical materials used for the general audience. Archives and museum management, historical preservation, historical publishing, planning and consulting on historical topics in public policy or film-making are among the fields covered by public history.

Along with its degree program, the Department of History offers a concentration in public history to students who complete the concentration requirements (18 semester hours). For further information, contact the history department. Completion of a concentration allows listing of the course of study on the student's transcript. Students should declare their intention to pursue the concentration prior to registering for the courses.

Public History Courses: Effective Spring 2003

1. Complete HIST 2050, 4050

2. Complete 3 hours of HIST 4400

3. Complete 9 hours in the following areas:
Historical Preservation
Historical Publishing and Programming
Museums and Sites Management

Please see the department web site for a complete list of classes in PBH.

History/Social Science Education Majors

Through a cooperative agreement with the College of Education, students can now earn concurrent majors in history and secondary education in social sciences. Interested students should inquire with the Office of Teacher Education, McWhinnie Hall, room 100.

Graduate Study

The History Department a Master of Arts (MA) degree.

Program Specific Admission Requirements

General Regulations

The Department of History requires 18 hours of undergraduate history courses as minimum preparation for admission. The rules under which the student enters remain those governing the program for the duration of the student's continued enrollment. In accordance with university graduate regulations, students are responsible for meeting all deadlines and for fulfilling all requirements for the degree.

Application and Admissions

To be eligible for financial support in the form of a Graduate Assistantship, the Department of History must receive all materials by February 1. All other application materials must be received by the Department of History no later than May 1. The application process is now completely online. In addition to the application, applicants must upload the following documents via the UW Admissions website (

  1. GRE Scores for the verbal and quantitative portions with a minimum combined score of 291 (900 old system) and a minimum verbal score of 153 (500 old system). The Department of History reserves the right to consider the analytical [writing] score as well.
  2. Three letters of recommendation that assess the student's academic and research abilities. 
  3. Transcripts from all undergraduate institutions and graduate programs.
  4. A writing sample of 10-20 pages, typically either a portion of a senior thesis or an upper-level seminar paper.
  5. A statement of purpose of 250-500 words, explaining the applicant's preparation, interests, and plans. Please indicate on the first line of your statement if you would like to be considered for a graduate assistantship.

Program Specific Graduate Assistantships

When applicants submit their materials to the Department of History, they should indicate their wish to be considered for a Graduate Assistantship. Anyone receiving financial support must be registered as a full-time (9 hours per semester) student and must be making acceptable progress towards degree completion. Renewal of Graduate Assistantships is contingent on such progress. Support is not given for more than two academic years.

Program Specific Degree Requirements

Master's Program

Candidates for the MA in history are required to complete a minimum of 30 hours of course work with at least 24 hours in history. This will include:

  1. History 5880, normally in the Fall semester of the first year.
  2. 12 hours of history course work in the primary field of history.
  3. 6 hours of course work in the secondary field of history.
  4. 4 hours of thesis credit.
  5. Students must demonstrate a reading knowledge of a foreign language appropriate to their research. Generally, the language requirement may be met by either of the following options:
    (a) Passing a language exam administered by the Department of History.
    (b) Completing the equivalent of the fourth semester of a language as offered at the University of Wyoming. All courses must be passed with a grade of C or better (may be taken pass/fail). In special cases other relevant historical tools may substitute for the language requirement upon approval of the thesis advisor and the Graduate Coordinator.
  6. In the spring semester of the first year, typically in early February, as scheduled by the Department Chair, the student will publicly defend his/her thesis proposal, which must include a written research prospectus and bibliography.
  7. The student will successfully defend the final thesis draft before the Graduate Committee.

History (HIST) Courses

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