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Graduate Program

The Department of History offers two Masters of Arts degrees. If you are interested in learning more about the program, please feel free to contact us. We would love to hear from you.

Boise State History Graduate Students in Action

Mischa Brady

Mischa Brady poses with the artifacts that he works with at the Military History Museum

Mischa Brady poses with many of the artifacts that he works to maintain and preserve at the Idaho Military Museum.

Mischa Brady, a second-year graduate student, served in the U.S. Marine Corps, completing two combat tours in Iraq, before seeking a Masters in Applied Historical Research at Boise State. He studies military history and currently holds an internship as the Curator of Collections at the Idaho Military Museum. He builds and maintains exhibits and artifacts and works with and manages docents, volunteers, and other interns. He also helps the museum’s educational outreach to the public, local schools, and the military. He even helps run a historic rifle shoot for Boise State University ROTC classes using antique firearms.

“My job allows me to get hands-on experience with historic preservation of artifacts and equipment,” and his graduate history coursework in research, historical writing, grant writing, and preservation prepared him well, Mischa says. “My service at the museum has confirmed that I made the right decision on what I want to do with history education. I get to handle and preserve priceless pieces of military history, that up until now, I only got to look at in books or behind glass. The people I work with help feed my enthusiasm and are very supportive in increasing my knowledge and experience in public history.”

Dean Hagerman

Dean Hagerman at the podium, the screen behind him reads "Celebrating 150 years of History"

Dean Hagerman presents his research at the 50th statewide Diocesan Convention

Dean Hagerman, a second-year student in the Masters of Applied Historical Research Program, turned his summer research into an enthusiastically recieved public history display and presentation last October. As an intern working for the Episcopal Diocese of Idaho, Hagerman was charged with sifting through archival materials — including parish registers, city maps, newspaper clippings, letters, photographs, croziers, and banners — held in the Boise State University archives to produce a display worthy to commemorate the 50th statewide Diocesan Convention and the 150th anniversary of the establishment of the Episcopal Church of Idaho. In addition to a poster and tabletop display, Hagerman spoke for twenty minutes, telling stories and sharing images with over 100 people, including the Most Rev. Michael Curry, presiding bishop of the national Episcopal Church. As Hagerman noted afterward, “Digging into the church archives in the Special Collections at Boise State University to learn the personal stories of those who established the Episcopal Church in Idaho was fascinating. How my presentation was received be those in attendance at the annual convention of the Episcopal Church was gratifying. Overall it was an enriching learning experience.”

History Thesis Wins Award

Adam Behrman

Adam Behrman

Adam Behrman’s thesis “Selling Narratives of a Mexico in Crisis: Environmental Reporting in Excelsior and Uno mas Uno, 1984-84,” was selected as last year’s winner of the Boise State University Distinguished Thesis Award for the Humanities, Social Sciences, Education, and Business. Behrman explored the national debate over the Mexican government’s effectiveness in protecting the environment during Mexico’s economic crisis of the 1980s — a dialogue involving journalists, environmentalists, researchers, rural peasants, the urban poor, and government administrators. Along with awarding Behrman a certificate and money award, the Graduate College submitted Behrman’s thesis as the Boise State nominee to the Western Association of Graduate Schools (WAGS) distinguished thesis award competition. Behrman is currently a Ph.D. student in History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Mailing Address

Department of History
Boise State University
1910 University Drive
Boise, ID 83725-1925

Office Location

Albertson’s Library
Room 192

General Questions

Graduate Program Coordinator

Dr. Lisa McClain
(208) 426-1985

Graduate Program Assistant

Katie Chesbro
(208) 426-1350