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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

Adam Behrman

Adam Behrman presenting weather reports on television

Graduate student, Adam Behrman at his day job.

Adam Behrman was a TV meteorologist before his interests in Latin American and environmental history led him to seek an MA in History at Boise State University. During his two years in the Graduate Program, Behrman juggled his television work with coursework, research, conferences, and a Graduate Assistantship. In his opinion, serving as Editorial Assistant for Dr. Lisa Brady, editor of the journal Environmental History, was a highlight of these years. “This was an excellent job, and a great opportunity to learn about the academic publishing process.” Behrman’s duties expanded further when, during his second semester, his wife gave birth to their first child, a daughter, the night before one of his classes. (Dr. Jill Gill, he recalls, “gave me the day off to recuperate, and I sincerely appreciate that.”)

Behrman defended his thesis, “Selling Narratives of a Mexico in Crisis: Environmental Reporting in Excélsior and Uno Más Uno, 1983-84,” in summer 2016, based on narratives of environmental crises centered on air pollution, water, and forests contained in over 8,000 digital photographs of articles from two Mexican national newspapers.  He was accepted into the PhD program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he began his studies in Fall 2016 with an emphasis on the history of science.

Chelsee Boehm

Chelsee Boehm portrait

Chelsee Boehm, Boise State University history Graduate Student. Photo by Erika Sather-Smith.

As a second-year graduate student in the Masters of Applied Historical Research (MAHR) program, Chelsee Boehm has gained valuable professional experience as a public historian with her graduate assistantship with the Boise City Department of Arts and History. She has learned how to plan historical walking tours, assisted with historical preservations, and learned about collections management, archival work, and GIS mapping. One experience that stands out from the others, according to Boehm, was her “work on the James Castle home site. I was lucky enough to get to participate in the archaeological dig at the site in 2016…I could honestly go on for weeks about all the cool stuff I’ve seen.”

Boehm came to Boise State after earning her BA from Weber State University in Ogden Utah and working for the Utah Department of Heritage and Arts. Boehm is currently working on her culminating project on police and crime history. She has enjoyed working one-on-one with faculty, noting that each professor is “extremely helpful” in their own way—kind, “but at the same time, everyone is realistic…I could not ask for a better group of people. Along with this, I have to say that the help of my fellow graduate students has been heaven-sent. I love my peers.”

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