Former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, who delivered the the 2015 Remmers Lecture at Missouri S&T, met with students in Prof. Meagher's American Diplomatic History course.
Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice met with Missouri S&T history and political science students before her 2015 Remmers lecture.

Reasons to study history at Missouri S&T

  • History major-to-faculty ratio: 3:1
  • Classes taught by graduate-student TAs: 0
  • Classes with 50+ students: 0
  • Professors with 20+ advisees: 0
  • Teaching evaluation scores, rank at S&T: 1
  • Average upper-level class size: 19
  • Faculty-led study abroad opportunities
  • Opportunities for independent research
Missouri S&T’s History and Political Science department provides students with unique opportunities and close faculty interaction.

At the end of the spring semester 2015, Missouri S&T students taking American Diplomatic History had the opportunity to have class with former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice (picture above).  Dr. Rice was visiting campus as part of Missouri S&T's Remmers Lecture series, which in the past has brought to campus such notable individuals as President Ford, Henry Kissinger, Tip O'Neal, Margaret Thatcher, Colin Powell, and Itzhak Perlman.  While we cannot promise class with someone like Condoleezza Rice every year, it is an example of the unique opportunities available for history and political science students at Missouri S&T.

Missouri S&T students with Prof. Bruening at the Tower of London during a summer study abroad course.

Study abroad in London

The students in the image to the left took a Missouri S&T summer study abroad class in London on Medieval and Renaissance England.  Another study abroad class from the department has been offered in Paris on World War II.  Other history majors have done independent research in Las Vegas.  As a history major, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in these once-in-a-lifetime activities.  And on a daily basis, you will have the chance to work closely with the outstanding history and political science faculty at Missouri S&T (read more about our individual faculty members here; click here for a list of our faculty members' most prestigious awards and recognitions).  At Missouri S&T, you will not get stuck at the back of large lecture halls, you will not be taught by graduate students, and you will get know your professors.       

S&T history department alumni have gone on to work as teachers, military officers, lawyers, judges, museum curators, and college professors, among other things.

The department releases a Newsletter ‌once a year, and regularly updates its Facebook page with pertinent news and information.

History highlights

Award-Winning Department Faculty

The faculty members of the Department of History & Political Science have distinguished themselves as a group of outstanding teaching scholars. The department's average teaching evaluation score is routinely among the highest on campus. But the department's professors also are active researchers in their own subfields. According to Academic Analytics, the department ranks tenth among  public universities in the U.S. in number of books published per faculty member, putting us ahead of such national Ph.D.-granting history departments as the Universities of Virginia, Colorado, and Nebraska. Click here to see a list of books published by department faculty members.  In addition, our faculty members have won numerous external grants and other teaching and research awards. See a list of major awards, grants, and honors here.   

Latest News and Faculty, Student, and Alumni Achievements

Congratulations to Professor Kate Sheppard, Missouri S&T's 2019 Woman of the Year! This award recognizes Professor Sheppard's dedication to student education and commitment to diversity.

Congratulations to Professor Patrick Huber, whose book, A&R Pioneers: Architects of American Roots Music on Record (with Brian Ward), won the Belmont Book Award for the Best Book on Country Music in 2018!

Professor Justin Pope won The John M. Murrin Prize for the best essay published in Early American Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal in 2017.  Dr.  Pope's winning article, entitled Inventing an Indian Slave Conspiracy on Nantucket, 1738,” was recognized at an event at the University of Pennsylvania. 

Welcome to our two new faculty members this fall. Justin Pope is a specialist in colonial American history, and Alanna Krolikowski is a political scientist specializing in U.S.-Chinese technology transfer in the air and space industies.   

Congratulations to Professor Michael Bruening on the publication of his book A Reformation Sourcebook: Documents from an Age of Debate.

Congratulations to Professor Petra DeWitt on winning a 2016 Faculty Teaching Award and a Faculty Service Award and to Professor Kathleen Sheppard on winning a 2016 Faculty Teaching Award.

History students and faculty, led by Professor Kathleen Sheppard, teamed up to host a highly attended regional History Day event on campus.

Congratulations to the 2017 Phi Alpha Theta history honor society inductees: Joel Merz, Laine Whitaker, and Zachary Perkins.

Congratulations to history major Devin Potter, who has won a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship from the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Devin will use the scholarship money to study abroad in Spain this semester.