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(Banner Photo: History students volunteering with Hurrican Katrina relief on  "Alternative Spring Break.")

Contact & Location


Department of History

Physical Address:
Administration Bldg. 315
PHONE: (208) 885-6253
FAX: (208) 885-5221

Mailing Address:
Department of History
c/o University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3175
Moscow, ID 83844-3175

Students At Katrina Spring Break

Student Opportunities

There are many opportunities for students studying history to get involved on at the University of Idaho. Being involved in activities outside the classroom allows you the opportunity to develop meaningful relationships with new friends, faculty, staff, and others who will be important to your college success.



Molly Swords and James MacNaughton were hired as supervisors on a historical archaeological dig during the summer break right here at the University of Idaho campus!  This project was a joint venture with the Department of Sociology and Anthropology.

James served as the on-site field director and Molly was the assistant project director and laboratory supervisor for this excavation of the UI Navy building site. This dig was located north of Archie Phinney Hall. 

The work experience proved to be valuable and important for two of History's doctoral students as they were able to teach students, volunteers, and visitors about historical archaeology.  This included excavation techniques, map reading, historical research, field laboratory methods, and artifact identification.  Currently, Molly and James are working on cataloging and analyzing the artifacts that were recovered.  Both agree that this has been a wonderful opportunity to involve the public and learn more about the history of the University of Idaho’s campus! ​

Here are just some of the available activities and opportunities: